D’You Get It Now?

Originally posted on The Journal:

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A year on from the very high profile death of Robin Williams do folks get that depression isn’t sadness yet?

Do they get that it doesn’t happen because you broke up with the boyfriend and feel like an evening crying over rom coms and eating ice-cream?

Do they get that it is a period of such numbness, self loathing and hatred that if people could read your mind they would have you committed?

Do they get that for the depressed it’s almost a tangible pain that you can feel and yet you can’t grab it and put it in the bin?

Do they get that it’s not selfish… It’s depression?

Do they get that it can affect you whether you are on TV, have lots of money, lots of friends, a nice home or you are broke and homeless?

Do they get that telling jokes won’t get rid of it?

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Thank You, Susan Bliler! An Editorial Recommendation ;-)

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Thank you, Susan!

I so love working with Leiah Cooper!

Starting out, I figured I’d go it alone. Who needs an editor when you have a college education? Me, that’s who. Most of my negative fan feedback was about my lack of editing. Luckily, Leiah found me and the rest is history.

She’s such an easygoing individual. She experimented with different styles until we found the perfect fit for me, which I love. Most other editing agencies do things their way period. Not Leiah. She finds what suits the author best and works from there. She’s also extremely flexible. If I tell her I’ve got a deadline and need an edit ASAP, she makes it happen. Book reviews are also something she provides and they are phenomenal. Honestly, I’m almost reluctant to write this review. Like a child with a toy, I’m not keen on sharing. J Thanks Leiah for all you do, you’re the best!

About Susan

susanMy pack territory is in North Central Montana. Born and raised in an untamed location that bridges the gap between rolling prairie and majestic mountain peaks, I am born to a family that also bridges the gap between cultures. My father’s people boast a fiercely proud Scottish ancestry while my mother’s tribes descend from two savagely beautiful and unique nations that inspire my Skin Walkers series.

I’m a huge fan of MMA, boxing, hockey, 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, DMX, the Killers, and 21 Pilots (“sometimes quiet is violent…”). I also love to read because it encourages me to write. ( I always hate it when authors add that they love coffee and chocolate. Really? Who doesn’t love coffee and chocolate?) Anyway, I love beer…kidding. I don’t love beer, but we are engaged in a very serious relationship. (Mom, please don’t call me when you read this.)

Check me out at www.susanbliler.com

A’hau.

The Skin Walkers Series: The ones with links are edited – the others are coming soon.

King (Skin Walkers, #1)
RedKnife (Skin Walkers, #2)
Bishop
Mason
Conn (Skin Walkers, #5)
Leto (Skin Walkers, #6)
Monroe (Skin Walkers, #7)
York (Skin Walkers, #9)
Gauge (Skin Walkers, #8)
Remy
Legion
Tyce

Territory

Book 1 – Territory Prequel (Territory, #1)
Book 2 – Territory (Territory, #2)
Book 3 – TerrIIItory (Territory Book 3)

Review: Night of the Living Demon Slayer by Angie Fox

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Night of the Living Demon Slayer (Demon Slayer, #7)Angie Fox just keeps the fun going! Amazon’s ‘Freebie” program turned up a jewel when I found the first book of this series, The Accidental Demon Slayer. As I said in that review, “I am thrilled to say I wound up with a ruby. Hey, I like rubies better than diamonds, so sue me!”

“Come on, who wouldn’t be thrilled to have a kick-butt, 70-something, pink-Harley-riding grandma show up on your doorstep on your 30th birthday to help you kick demon backside? Well, if you happen to be the ‘turning-thirty-preschool-teacher” hiding in the bathroom from said grandma, things can get a bit confusing, but come on. A Pink Harley? Got to love it!”

“And the action only starts there. Strap your hyperactive Jack Russell into a ferret bag across your chest, hop on the back of Grandma’s Hog, (even if you do get carsick in anything faster than a tricycle) and take off for the Red Skull Hog Ridin’ Grannies biker bar, with demons in pursuit. What happens after had me grinning like a crazed biker granny myself, as Lizzie and Grandma kick fanny and take names across the American South – and a good portion of Hell.”

Night of the Living Demon Slayer” is Book Seven of the Demon Slayer Series, and I have to say, this one is just as good as the first one. I haven’t had an opportunity to read the ‘in-between’ books yet, but I was still able to read this one and greatly enjoy it without reading them. But I do have the rest of them on my list and fully intend to read them. They are just too much fun not to.

This time, Lizzie and the hog ridin’ grannies, along with Pirate the talking Jack Russell and Flappy the white dragon (yep, Lizzie has all the cool pets!) are headed to New Orleans to help out Carpenter, a Necromancer Lizzie owes a favour, take out a zombie white alligator. Yep. It is bound to be exciting – and it doesn’t disappoint. Action and adventure, zombies and voodoo, oh yes – this is some great fun!

Let yourself relax, open your mind to the fun, and enjoy this series. It isn’t serious, so don’t expect it to be. Just be prepared to appreciate it for what it is – a rip-roaring good time!

Overall, Angie goes in my ‘must read when I am reading just for myself’ pile. She made me laugh, and her story was a pure, guilty pleasure. What more can I ask?

Recommended.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. Thank you, Season Publishing and Angie Fox!!

The Aeronaut’s Windless – Jim Butcher New Series on Netgalley

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The Cinder Spires: the Aeronaut’s Windlass

by Jim Butcher

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Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date Sep 29, 2015
Members in United States are preferred. The publisher may not have permission to approve out-of-region requests.

Description

Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

Review: The First Man – Gavin Frankel

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I just couldn’t get into it. Isn’t that sad – that this is the only thing I can think of to say about it right off the bat? Normally, I am all chatty about the books I review, but in this case? Although the book is well written, there is nothing I could find wrong with it, it just didn’t grab me. And it is a shame, because at a different time, I may have liked it a lot better.

This is a dark and ugly, bitter and very, very angry story. And it deserves to be. Adam has been hanging around this world full of hatred and brutality since the beginning of time. To move from the Garden of Eden to this broken world and being stuck here, unable to leave, unable to die. He wants to go back to Eden, he craves it, turns his whole soul to finding his way back.

There will be no “bad review” or low stars from me. Just because it didn’t grab me, and it is hard for me to write a review, doesn’t mean that this book shouldn’t be read. You may absolutely love it, and I hope to read your good reviews!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. If you like my review, please click “Like” at Amazon to help draw attention to the authors I review.

Review: Sugar Springs (A Sugar Springs Novel) by Kim Law

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Sugar Springs (Sugar Springs, #1)Wow. Sugar Springs seems to me to be more of a viper pit than a town. Everyone gossips – about everyone. And there seems to be a contest going on between Mrs. G, the town’s biggest gossip, and Lee Ann London’s mother, Reba, for who can ‘scoop the most poop’ if you get my meaning. Heck, Reba even gossips about her own daughter – the daughter, by the way, who took in the twin babies of her nasty, self-centered half-sister when Lee Ann herself was just out of high school. The sister, by the way, who banged Lee Ann’s boyfriend, Cody Dalton, on the living room couch, knowing that Lee Ann was due home any minute and would walk in on the scene. And when said banging produced the baby girls, Candy and Kendra, and nasty sister Stephanie died five days after the birth, Lee Ann took them to raise as her own. Working two jobs, as a waitress in the local café in the mornings and as a studio photographer the rest of the time, Lee Ann has done a marvelous job raising strong, capable, sweet natured girls for thirteen years with minimal help from her flighty mother. They own their own home, the girls are happy and healthy, and everything is good.

Until Cody Dalton comes back into town. He is only staying for six weeks, filling in for the local vet who is going on maternity leave. Cody was the local bad boy who went out with a bang, smashing windows, hooking up his foster father’s truck to the statue in the town square and dragging it behind the truck till the bumper fell off, and stealing said truck to run off into the sunset the same day he did the nasty deed with Stephanie. And now, he is back – and Lee Ann has to decide whether it is safe to let him see the girls. He told Stephanie the day the girls were born that she could just toss them into foster care, so why would Lee Ann even consider placing ‘her’ girls anywhere within the vicinity of a man who could be so cold and callous? And yet, she does.

I wanted to like this book, I really did – but in the end? It was just too sugary sweet, an overdose of precious with a side of smarmy forgiveness. It doesn’t ring true, or believable. It is just flippin’ irritating. And that hurts, because Kim Law’s Montana Cherries was amazing. What a letdown.

Maybe it is simply that I have had a bad run of books lately, but “Doormat” seems to be in fashion. Cody betrays not only Lee Ann in the end, but also betrays his own daughters, never mind that he has sworn that he will ‘do his best to be a good father’. And the betrayal is nasty, planned, and unforgivable. And yet, Lee Ann, and even the girls, simply roll over and take it, and it is all sunshine and lollipops and hugs and kisses within two pages.

Bah. Humbug. The whole thing is just over-the-top, though I am sure other reviewers will find it, “Just so Adorable, Bless your heart! A star for the cover, though this book got Kim Law kicked straight off my Read List.

Review: Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

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Shine Not Burn by Elle CaseyAs I got several pages into Shine, Not Burn I realized something. I had read it before. It was originally published in 2013. Hum… Yep. That is when I read it, when it first came out. The new edition I received through Netgalley is a reedited, republication.

So what did I think of the book this go-round? Honestly, it is good and bad. And that whole ‘good and bad’ thing can’t really be separated out. You see, what is good about it is also bad, and vice versa. Andie is a seriously broken woman, trying to hold herself together the best way she can. After being brutally abused as a child and teen by her mother’s revolving door of drunken, sadistic boyfriends, she decides that, in order to gain control over her life she must work out a lifeplan. A lifeplan that will focus her mind and her actions, allowing her to reach set goals at set times. And so far? So far, the plan has been working out. She got into college, flew through law school with honour, and basically is kicking backside on her way to being the youngest junior partner at her quality law firm.

But then, her friends Candice and Kelly decide that she should tag along with them for Kelly’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas. . . Oy. She really doesn’t want to go. To say that she is a caricature of the overworked, stuffy lawyer is putting it mildly. But off she goes to Vegas, where she meets a cowboy, falls madly in lust, and, well, you get the picture. And she doesn’t remember much the next morning.

Fast forward two years and the guy who dumped her the day she left for Vegas because she went against his wishes and went with her “useless” girlfriends instead of “minding” his orders and staying home, isn’t in the picture any longer. Nope. It is the guy that she and her assistant and girlfriends despised with a passion ‘back then’. A soulless wanker, but he ‘gets’ her lifeplan, works with her to meet her goals, and is willing to create the 2.5 kids and the shared partnership. So what if he hates her friends, hates her assistant, and, yeah, that whole soulless wanker thing? And she ‘doesn’t even remember’ that she used to despise the guy – he fits in the little box, so it’s all good.

We already know all about the Vegas wedding she didn’t remember . . . and the ‘fix it quick before the fiancée finds out’. The rest of the book, starting with the trip to Oregon to get the divorce papers signed, is amusing in many ways. A lot of the storyline is given away in the blurb about the book, so there isn’t a lot to say about that.

What is to say has to do with how Elle Casey handles Andie and her issues. To be honest, like her friends I also wanted to shake Andie until her head rattled. She was abused as a child, that is true. And it explains her rabid need for total control off her life. But instead of growing beyond that, she suffers from “doormat disease” – getting with a guy and allowing him to totally control her – much like her mother’s abusive boyfriends. And in order to meet her goals, she accepts it. She gives up her girlfriends who try to help her see what she is doing to herself, and plows ahead with her ‘plan’ no matter how everyone around he tries again and again to show her what the most recent soulless wanker is turning her into. I can understand the lifeplan – but what is a lifeplan if you wake up one day and realize you never had a life? Come on, girl. Ever consider a therapist instead of marrying an obsessive, controlling prig? You really want to have kids with this guy?

I can understand Andie, but I couldn’t make myself like her. She was too weak, too determined to continue to destroy any chance of a real life in order to stick with that list she was so fond of. Gavin “Mack” Mackenzie and his family are beautifully drawn and likeable, as are the characters Andie runs across in Oregon. What I finally felt at the end of the book? Pretty much the same thing I felt the first time I read it. Mack was too good a guy for Andie. Sorry about that. I am usually much more forgiving of women who have been abused in such a way, and I honestly understand her obsession with her lifeplan – to a point. But when she absolutely, unequivocally refuses to acknowledge that her lifeplan is making her absolutely miserable at this point and she still sticks to it, no matter that she knows that it isn’t working out? Meh. She devolved into an immature child, with the emotional maturity of a six year old having a tantrum and holding her breath to get her way. It disappointed me and took what could have been a good book into a dark place. I know a lot of people “wuv wuv wuv” this book for the cute HEA, but there are serious issues that could have been addressed more appropriately.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. If you enjoyed you review, please “Like” on Amazon. It helps draw attention to the books I review. Thank you.

Review: Montana Cherries – Kim Law — READ This Book!!!!!

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Montana Cherries“Triangulation: a tactic used by narcissistic parents to change the balance of power in a family system. For example, rather than allowing two siblings to work together, the Narcissistic Parent insists that he or she be the go-between. This controls the way the information flows, the way it is interpreted, and adds nuances to the conversation.”Band Back Together, adult children of narcissistic parents resources

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” — Walter Anderson

What do we naturally forget, and what do we force from our minds, wipe the slate clean, when it comes to our childhood? Where in our minds is the blackness and pain packed away, hidden? Behind locked doors? Or in solid chests, pushed to the back of the mind, covered in dust and ashes, only to crack open, leaking out poisons that eat away at body, mind and soul, tiny currents, lapping away at the foundations of life until it is simply not worth living any longer. Crippled lives, crippled relationships. And the pain. The pain, constant and unyielding, thrumming in the background, dark drums in the night, throbbing … throbbing … throbbing …

But the guilt? The guilt is, in a way, can be even more debilitating. You are never enough. Never good enough, never sane enough, never pretty enough or smart enough or or or. . .

The thing is, Dani Wilde doesn’t even know she is damaged. You see, she doesn’t remember. She thinks things are fine. Her life is finally opening up. The four younger brothers she raised are taken care of, all grown up, have good positions, and even the youngest is graduating from college. Finally, finally she can reach for her own dreams. She can take her skills at marketing and accept the position at a New York firm that has been following her through her career as a freelance marketing specialist in Montana. Dani is responsible for keeping the cherry farm her family owns financially stable. She cooks and cleans for a family of six, runs a store featuring local products, runs an online business selling the stores wares, and has a separate business as a marketing specialist for local businesses. She never stops working, never stops caring for others. Just. Never. Stops. But now? Now she can have the life she gave up when her mother died in a car accident, a death that brought Dani back from her full ride at Columbia to take over the household on their cherry farm and raise the four brothers that her mother left behind. These are good time, wonderful times. Dani can finally have a life which doesn’t include having to be everything to everyone else.

But.

Something is happening inside her. Flashes of memory, scenes in her mind that can’t possibly be real.

Can they?

The door is opening, the chest creaking as the top rises. The dust is blowing away. And what crawls out of the darkness, pale and ephemeral, could very well destroy Dani. And the larger that shadowy presence grows in her mind, the wider the opening, the darker the memories . . . Memories that will literally rip her life to shreds, destroying everything she ever thought about herself, her family, her very life.

The pain . .   .

I am not ashamed to say that I cried like a baby over this book. It took me a couple of days to even write this review. Looking back, this almost sounds like a horror story, doesn’t it? And in a way, it is. But it is also a story of incredible inner strength, a story of just how devastating the actions of one member of a family can be upon the lives of all around them. Especially the lives of their own children. This book hurt on a level that is hard for me to even explain.

But that isn’t a bad thing. You see, it is nearly impossible for anyone who hasn’t been there to understand just how Narcissistic Personality Disorder in a parent can shatter the very soul of a child. And that is what this family has suffered, though Dani doesn’t even remember it. And when she does, when her memories finally return, here it becomes not just Dani’s story, but the story of a family so deeply damaged that they may never be completely healed. But it is also a story of a family finding their way towards that healing, towards understanding and relearning how to love one another.

This is, on the surface, a ‘sweet, home town romance.’ And yes, there is romance here. But what makes it SO much better than a ‘boy meets girl’ romance is the cast of characters. Armed with a sharp and unrelenting pen, Kim Law draws a picture of family life that is far from perfect. And it isn’t just Dani’s family that is far from Norman Rockwellesque. Ben was Dani’s first love, first lover, and best friend ten years ago. But one single night separated them. Now Ben, who had his own issues with the coldness and disregard of his famous actress mother finds himself the single father of a four-year-old little girl who is dropped off on his doorstep one day like a load of laundry by a mother who never looks back. Bringing her back to Montana where he spent as much time as possible at one time with the Wilde family, he is looking for some way to connect with the child.

Yes, all of these people are heartbreaking. And all of them – all of them – even the ones I wanted to hit over the head with a very large rock, are worth spending time with. Worth coming to know, coming to understand – if for no other reason than to understand your own heart, your own pain. And some of them? Some of them are worth loving so very much simply for their ability to continue to survive, continue to love, to even know how to love under the crushing weight of betrayals beyond comprehension. This is what makes this book so very heartbreaking – and so very, very worth reading.

This is a six tissue read, and I have to say, when I finished it? I felt, well, cleaner. Like one of the many wounds in my soul had been lanced and bled, and can now heal. Not all, but you know what? As Ms. Law says in her postscript, “You’re not alone. You’re a survivor. You got dealt a rotten hand in life. But you can move on.” Watching her characters do just that? Well, that is the very definition of cathartic.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. Here is the skinny. If you are looking for a ‘simple’ romance story, this isn’t it. If you are looking for a well written book with a strong story, wonderful characters, a realistic look at the damage a serious but under acknowledged disorder can cause, well, you are in for a true treat. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Click the link above or pick up a copy of “Will I Ever Be Good Enough” by Karyl McBride, Ph.D. for further on NPD.

If you like my review, I would really appreciate it if you would click “Like” for my review on Amazon when this book comes out on July 28th. It helps draw attention to my reviews, which helps the authors I review garner more readers. Thank you!

About Kim Law

6473776 As a child, award-winning author Kim Law cultivated a love for chocolate, anything purple, and creative writing. She penned her debut work, “The Gigantic Talking Raisin,” in the sixth grade and got hooked on the delights of creating stories. Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a college degree in mathematics and worked for years as a computer programmer. Now she’s living out her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She’s won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, been a finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award, and served in varied positions for her local RWA chapter. A native of Kentucky, Kim lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee.

Visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kimlawauthor or find her on twitter @kim_law.

Garden Shots!

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Photos taken this morning in my garden!

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Lettuce starts need replanting…

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so do these

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an heirloom sweet melon, sort of a cross between a muskmelon and a cantaloupe. haven’t tried it yet, but if it is good, i am hoping to gather a lot of seeds!

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“fairy melons” – the are somewhat larger than my hand span. Very cute!

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a fist sized heirloom pepper from Hungary

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Every time we come out Koda sticks his face into the spearmint. Can’t blame him, I do as well!

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a striped heirloom tomato from France

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Pretty peppers. I have to look up the name on these, but they are heirloom as well

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One lousy carrot. The pups and I love fresh carrots, and of a full packet, only 1 came up! will have to plant more. sigh. these weren’t cheap either, a mixed bag of heirlooms from several countries – mixed colours. what do you want to be this one is a plain old orange?

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a tiny little cucumber – cute, huh?

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look how huge the leaves are on the heirloom melon!

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the photo isn’t very clear, but from the left, my mango tree is doing well, and that is spicy oregano in the ot with it. moving left front two cherry trees and an apricot, and behind the two avocados are doing well, and that fan shaped plant is an iris

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starting a new bed. you can see the cardboard on the bottom, and those are tree limbs and bark, and grass cuttings I am pouring in. a couple more wheelbarrow loads and i will be able to start covering it with manure and dirt. this bed will be for flower seeds and bulbs I will plant in the fall for spring growth.

Review: Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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Dinosaur LakeNeoglyphea neocaledonica (Jurassic Shrimp) belongs to an ancient group of crustaceans that were “well known from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods [roughly 200 to 65 million years ago] and were supposed to be extinct.” – Bertrand Richer de Forges, marine biologist, speaking on new finds at crushing depths off the Australian coast

“Of all the reptiles alive today, crocodiles and alligators may be the least changed from their prehistoric ancestors of the late Cretaceous period, over 65 million years ago — Raresource

So many things we do not know, have not seen, and yet, they share the planet with us. Quiet, invisible, they exist below the radar of humanity. But recently, many have been added to the species listings – most, unhappily, hitting the list as Endangered and nearing Extinction. Ah, humanity! With our poisons and hunting, destroying all that we touch.

From the deep sea Dendrogramma, which literally do not fit within any existing species groupings, to two new monkeys – turtles and dolphins and even huge trees, Oh My!, there are oddities out there.

But nothing (well, so far!) as odd as what appears in Crater Lake. Beautiful Crater Lake, the remains of a volcano called Mount Mazana, some seven thousand years ago the mountain exploded, magmas and ash, cinder and pumice spewing out, leaving not only the gorgeous caldera filled by the lake, but lava tubes, caves, small islands in the lake, and some of the most beautiful lands in North America. And maybe, something more.

Henry Shore is Chief Park Ranger for Crater Lake – but the paperwork and politics often finds him out on the caldera rim, leading tours, rather than playing desk jockey. He is out there when yet another earthquake strikes. It is mild above ground, but when Henry leads his visitor group down the trail toward the lodge and RV campgrounds, he comes across something entirely unexpected. An uplift has opened up a dinosaur graveyard. This is devastating news for the park, as Henry expects a monstrous influx of people, fences, paleontologists and others digging up his park and destroying the serene beauty of the land. And when a staff paleontologist from the John Day Fossil Beds, Dr. Justin Maltin, shows up the next day in response to Henry’s call, there is even more bad news. First, the bones in the upheaval are nothing like he has ever seen before. Older, probably much older, than the Triassic period, 231.4 million years ago. The uproar will be even worse, and more destructive to the park, than Henry had feared. But what could be even worse? The quake was bad. And located directly under Crater Lake. The water is heating. The chance of a destructive quake rises. And it may not be just Yellowstone that is in danger of a massive eruption.

Then, there are the deep, massive footprints that are showing up at the water’s edge. At first Henry doesn’t believe Ranger George Redcrow’s stories of the carcasses of savaged animals on Wizard Island. Surely it is just a bear doing the damage. When Justin points out another trail of unrecognizable, huge footprints leading into the water the next evening, surely it is bad lighting, water, anything other than something new. Unusual. And dangerous. Is Nessie, the Loch Ness monster the only one of her kind in existence? Or is there something new, something much, much more dangerous, living in Crater Lake?

But soon, Henry can’t ignore what is happening. And what destroys the park may be worse than a bunch of paleontologists and lookey-loos digging up the park.

We are pretty much all familiar with Jurassic Park these days – whether in book or cinema form. Dinosaur Lake isn’t that. No mad scientist labs, no greedy developers. Instead, we get something just as much fun, just in a different way. One of the things I loved about the book is how well Ms. Griffith describes the beauty of Crater Lake State Park, its history and the kind of people who call it home. The writing is good, the story creatively fantastical, and a fun read. If you are looking for something to relax with that will give you a bit of fun, give it a try. I found it a nice little read. There are a couple more of these, it is a series.

Dinosaur Lake II :Dinosaurs ArisingDinosaur Lake III:Infestation

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