Review: Saving Paradise by Mike Bond

Saving ParadiseWell I think on a simple ecological level that the diversity of this planet is important for our survival, that all of our different cultures, people are important to the health of the whole the same way that a species of animal should be saved and at a simple ecology level. -Richard Gere

First, I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. The author has some great insight into the destruction of the world’s ecology, especially as it pertains to Hawaii. And the story was well thought out, the mystery was well done, and overall the whole idea of the book was good.

What I didn’t really care for was the writing style. Some books, no matter who you are, and no matter how much you want to like a book, just don’t ring true in the mind. The writing just doesn’t keep you enthralled. Sad to say, this was the case with Saving Paradise. The thought was there. The execution, not so much. This is not to say that another reader wouldn’t find the writing style totally enthralling. It is written in First Person, which really doesn’t bother me. The first person narrator is an ex-con, apparently with a good heart, but the “voice” is not one I found appealing. I do think it would appeal to a more testosterone-laden audience, but I could be wrong and there are millions of women out there who would find the “rough-around-the-edges” voice to be absolutely perfect. Don’t get me wrong – I am a huge action/suspense fan. This one just didn’t do it for me, personally.

I was offered this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Cat Bordhii and the Vaquero Felfs – Proceeds to Breast Cancer Research!

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Photo and Book are copyright Cat Bordhi 2013. The photo is used only to encourage purchase of Cat’s 70-page e-book, “The Art Of Felfs” and all rights are reserved by Ms. Bordhi.

I just purchased The Art of Felfs by Cat Bordhi.

I am taking a class on a Sunday in December at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder on making felted boots, known as Valenki Boots in Russia. The pair they show in the shop are DARLING, and I am really looking forward to the class. Yes, I took a morning off and ran around – it was actually WARM this morning, unlike the rest of this summer, which apparently we skipped and went straight to fall. . . cold and rainy! I am looking at a grow light bulb for my tomato and pepper plants, I seriously doubt that they will ripen before we get our first frost, the way things are going!

So, flipping through Ravelry.com I saw that Ms. Bordhi, the Queen of Everything Knitty, is giving all of her proceeds to Dr. Krag at the University of Vermont Medical School to help fund research into sentinel lymph nodes for a new, less destructive, method of fighting breast cancer. You can read all about it below. If you are interested in a technical treatise on sentinel lymph nodes click here to read more on breast-cancer-research.com. If you want to know more about Dr. Krag, click here. So, if you are a knitter, check it out. And if you aren’t a knitter (but know one) remember, the holidays are just around the corner! What a wonderful gift for your favorite knitting pal – and your pals who are going through, or have been through (like me) the horrors of chemotherapy will love you for it!

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Cover photo courtesy of Cat Bordhi, copyright 2013, all rights reserved.

 

All proceeds from this 70-page ebook by Cat Bordhi are going directly to the research lab of Dr. David Krag at the at the University of Vermont Medical School. Dr. Krag, who pioneered sentinel node location, which has been used by over a million women with breast cancer, is now on the cusp of starting clinical trials for a cancer treatment that will replace chemo with a method as gentle as chemo is violent, and likelier to result in a complete cure. Let’s all join together to make that happen sooner rather than later! To learn more, visit Felfs.com.

Vaquero Felfs are one of the 15 styles in Cat’s ebook, THE ART OF FELFS: Felted Footwear for Families. Once finished, all styles appear to have been knit in the round, but are actually knit flat in garter stitch in simple shapes which are then folded and sewn before felting.

Extending or trimming one underlying shape transforms the basic Felf into thigh-high boots, ballet shoes, cowboy boots, moccasins, and much more. Fitting any style of Felf to any foot is simple enough for a young child to do yet Felfs capture the imagination and passion of advanced knitters as well. The ebook includes instructions for felting without a washing machine, so anyone can make them.

Although Ewetopia is half super wash, it felts into a nubbly, luxurious felt that is pliant, and can be felted to various degrees of thickness. The super wash strand creates the texture as it rumples into the embrace of the regular felting merino. Ewetopia is an exceptionally bouncy, cooperative yarn that is ergonomically kind to obsessive knitters.

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Mars Petcare Recalls 22 Bags of Pedigree Dog Food | petMD

Mars Petcare announced a voluntary recall this week for a small number of their Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dog food packages.

via Mars Petcare Recalls 22 Bags of Pedigree Dog Food | petMD.

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Adopt Me, Please? Chemo Fanny-pack Included.

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Livingly dying….. Marcy is a shining light of positivity and hope for anyone who feels that being terminal means giving up. What a wonderful attitude! Bless you, Marcy!

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This week I used social media to spread the word that I needed a household with a spare room close to my new chemo clinic in Marin County, California to adopt me. I am not familiar with California, have few contacts there and knew no one living in Marin County.

Adopt Me!

Adopt Me!

As a community organizer, I frequently ask people to donate for a cause. I prefer not being the cause but life dealt me a needy hand in 2010. I pursue cutting edge treatments to extend my life, and thus I need to travel. I haven’t yet figured out a way to get donated flights but I can make flying my primary cost. I bring my own food, find free housing and use public transportation.

I transferred my treatment to California last round (and yes I owe you a story on that). Friends living a county away in Sebastopol…

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Review: Exchange of Fire (An SBG Novel) by P.A. DePaul

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. – George Washington

1. A mercenary shall not have the right to be a combatant or a prisoner of war. – Art 47. Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977

Many military officials reportedly (also) expressed concerns that the security contractors were trigger-happy and “out-of-control cowboys who alienated the same Iraqis the military is trying to cultivate.” Defense Secretary Gates said that the contractors were at “cross purposes” with the military goals, and he suggested they be put under his authority. Opening Statement of Chairman Henry A.Waxman, in US Congress, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Hearing on Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, hearings, 110th Cong., 2nd sess., October 2, 2007

 

exchangeI first found Exchange of Fire on Reading In Pajamas and was intrigued. I love a “Kick Butt and Take Names” heroine, and Wraith definitively qualifies. A sharpshooting badass with a steady hand and a sharp eye, Wraith is part of a four-man (well, two men and two women, but you get the idea) with a super-secret, blackest-of-the-black private . . . well, corporation doesn’t really describe it. More like “If you even think that you know anything about the possibility of this group even existing, they will never find your body” sort of thing. Anyway! Nasty, nasty with razorblades on top.

But don’t think that this is all a bad deal. When the US government needs the really nasty, vicious, “how can they call these creatures humans” taken care of, they call SBG. And SBG gets it done. So, when they needed a cartel taken out that specialized in sex trafficking of young girls, Wraith, Magician, Talon and Romeo, and their leader, Cappy, are sent to Mexico to take care of the problem. However, after six months of chasing the cartel members, and losing young girls to short, horrific experiences, something had to be done. And what happened damaged Magician almost beyond salvaging – but it destroyed Wraith.

Six months later, the story picks up with Wraith living in a ‘bolt hole’ in the Carolinas, working for Grady, an ex-Marine who now runs a games center, full to bursting with go-cart tracks, a monster arcade room, paintball arena, and all the other wonderful, safe, fun goodies that kids and teenagers swoon over. They both have their damaged pasts to overcome, but Wraith’s makes Grady’s look like child’s play. But they are going to have to work together, because the monsters are coming – and they are out for blood.

The story was excellent. Fast action, two strong, capable women with guns and knives and scars pushed all my “Yeah, Baby!!!” buttons. When Magician, Talon, Romeo and Cappy come back on the scene, it is with a level of heart that was real and touching, with a dose of kicking Wraith’s ass, which she certainly deserved. They all have to pull together to get the bad guys. And the bad guys aren’t all on the other side – there is plenty of political backstabbing (with real knives).

DePaul does an exceptional job of weaving the problems of the American tendency towards uncontrolled, private black-ops corporations into the story in a brilliantly realistic manner. Some people will do anything for power, and absolute power, with absolutely no oversight and lots and lots of guns and ammo is more dangerous than we care to admit. The other thing that was handled with a deft touch was PTSD and how it affects the strongest, steadiest soldiers. There is only so much that any human being can handle, no matter how intensive their training.

The only drawback for me, honestly, was Grady. For an ex-Marine, I found him to be, well, let’s just say he lacked sac. My Marine adoptive father would have kicked his backside from here to California. “Geeze, would you like a little cheese with that whine? You would think he went over to the sandbox and played with little pink unicorns and fairies in tutus . . . Just sayin’. Other than wimpy boy, everything else about the book was rock solid, but Mr. Crybaby Pants dropped it a half-star for me. Pfft. I liked Talon lots better! ;-)

I received a copy directly from Ms. Depaul in return for a realistic review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About The Author:

P.depaulA. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. As an avid lover of stories, you can pretty much bet her nose is either stuck in a book or in front of a computer madly typing as she listens to the voices in her head (In her world it’s perfectly natural for her characters to tell her their tale so she can put it down on paper to their satisfaction).

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Review: Exchange of Fire (An SBG Novel) by P.A. DePaul

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. – George Washington

1. A mercenary shall not have the right to be a combatant or a prisoner of war. – Art 47. Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977

Many military officials reportedly (also) expressed concerns that the security contractors were trigger-happy and “out-of-control cowboys who alienated the same Iraqis the military is trying to cultivate.” Defense Secretary Gates said that the contractors were at “cross purposes” with the military goals, and he suggested they be put under his authority. Opening Statement of Chairman Henry A.Waxman, in US Congress, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Hearing on Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, hearings, 110th Cong., 2nd sess., October 2, 2007

 

exchangeI first found Exchange of Fire on Reading In Pajamas and was intrigued. I love a “Kick Butt and Take Names” heroine, and Wraith definitively qualifies. A sharpshooting badass with a steady hand and a sharp eye, Wraith is part of a four-man (well, two men and two women, but you get the idea) with a super-secret, blackest-of-the-black private . . . well, corporation doesn’t really describe it. More like “If you even think that you know anything about the possibility of this group even existing, they will never find your body” sort of thing. Anyway! Nasty, nasty with razorblades on top.

But don’t think that this is all a bad deal. When the US government needs the really nasty, vicious, “how can they call these creatures humans” taken care of, they call SBG. And SBG gets it done. So, when they needed a cartel taken out that specialized in sex trafficking of young girls, Wraith, Magician, Talon and Romeo, and their leader, Cappy, are sent to Mexico to take care of the problem. However, after six months of chasing the cartel members, and losing young girls to short, horrific experiences, something had to be done. And what happened damaged Magician almost beyond salvaging – but it destroyed Wraith.

Six months later, the story picks up with Wraith living in a ‘bolt hole’ in the Carolinas, working for Grady, an ex-Marine who now runs a games center, full to bursting with go-cart tracks, a monster arcade room, paintball arena, and all the other wonderful, safe, fun goodies that kids and teenagers swoon over. They both have their damaged pasts to overcome, but Wraith’s makes Grady’s look like child’s play. But they are going to have to work together, because the monsters are coming – and they are out for blood.

The story was excellent. Fast action, two strong, capable women with guns and knives and scars pushed all my “Yeah, Baby!!!” buttons. When Magician, Talon, Romeo and Cappy come back on the scene, it is with a level of heart that was real and touching, with a dose of kicking Wraith’s ass, which she certainly deserved. They all have to pull together to get the bad guys. And the bad guys aren’t all on the other side – there is plenty of political backstabbing (with real knives).

DePaul does an exceptional job of weaving the problems of the American tendency towards uncontrolled, private black-ops corporations into the story in a brilliantly realistic manner. Some people will do anything for power, and absolute power, with absolutely no oversight and lots and lots of guns and ammo is more dangerous than we care to admit. The other thing that was handled with a deft touch was PTSD and how it affects the strongest, steadiest soldiers. There is only so much that any human being can handle, no matter how intensive their training.

The only drawback for me, honestly, was Grady. For an ex-Marine, I found him to be, well, let’s just say he lacked sac. My Marine adoptive father would have kicked his backside from here to California. “Geeze, would you like a little cheese with that whine? You would think he went over to the sandbox and played with little pink unicorns and fairies in tutus . . . Just sayin’. Other than wimpy boy, everything else about the book was rock solid, but Mr. Crybaby Pants dropped it a half-star for me. Pfft. I liked Talon lots better! ;-)

About The Author:

P.depaulA. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. As an avid lover of stories, you can pretty much bet her nose is either stuck in a book or in front of a computer madly typing as she listens to the voices in her head (In her world it’s perfectly natural for her characters to tell her their tale so she can put it down on paper to their satisfaction).

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Check my Website here!

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Feedback Please!

Originally posted on Versus Blurb:

Hi Everyone. So since I decided to publicly celebrate finishing a novel, this sh*t just got real. Some people even wanted to know what my book was about, which was awesome.

Which made me realise I need to get some feedback!

Please have a read of the blurb for my book I cobbled together from some rejected pitches (which I thought were awesome, but agents and publicists know better (presumably)). I would also like to know what you think of the title. Any suggestions on anything will be taken on board.

I got this image from a blog called why we reason? I don’t think it’s been active for a while but I like the silhouette. P.S. the image links back to the site I got it from, so it’s all legit :)


The Black Swan Inheritance

Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants…

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So It’s Cancer: Now What?

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so-its-cancerBy Ranjana Srivastava

Synopsis: ‘You have cancer.’

These three small words have the power to dramatically change your existence.  They can set in motion events that leave you – the patient – feeling out of control of your own body and circumstances.  And while there are still many mysteries about cancer, it’s important to understand the illness and how it will affect your life.

With her trademark wisdom and warmth, Ranjana Srivastava guides you through the challenging and complex world of the disease.  What is cancer and how is it treated?  Why can’t I have an operation?  What should I eat, and how do I manage pain?  She equips you with the knowledge to make informed decisions on the most daunting questions, such as how to find the right oncologist, and how best to break the news to your family.

So it’s Cancer: Now What? Is a practical, comprehensive guide…

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My Guilty Pleasure-The Bobcat’s Tale by Georgette St. Clair

bobcatI was really exhausted this morning after working all night and well into the day. So, when I crawled into bed at 2PM, I grabbed my reader to do a bit of what I call my “selfish” reading. Usually PNR, it allows me to relax, have a cup of decaf tea, and prepare myself for sleep.

Flipping through my PNR shelf, I came across The Bobcat’s Tale” by Georgette St. Clair. Now you have to realize, that shelf is all books that I have read in the past and enjoyed as a little self indulgence. Pulling it up, my brain went “Ah-HA!” You see, I knew I had read something of hers before and had really liked it. But since her readers have mostly become the BDSM crowd, I haven’t read anything by her lately. Ugh. Shiver. Anyway! I read longer than I should have this afternoon, then didn’t wake till 1AM, sigh. But it was worth it. If you have self confidence issues, pick this one up. If you like a good BBW PNR, pick this up. Just pick it up, will ya? This isn’t brain surgery, but it is certainly relaxing, and fun to boot. With a bit of a mystery tossed in as well.

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I just finished “The Bobcat’s Tale” by Georgette St. Clair. I had read it quite some time ago, and ran across it again while I was organizing my shelves. The book really touched a very hurt part of me. Like the main character, Lainey, I had a very rough family life, very similar to hers. I always heard “fat, stupid and lazy!” Pretty much like Lainey. Well, I may have had curves, but I was far from stupid, though I admit to being somewhat lazy ;-)

So often we are bullied into being something we are not, when what we are is perfectly fine, just as it is. I really admire Ms. St. Clair for writing a book which helped me understand that, just because I am not perfect in someone else’s eyes, I can be perfectly who I am!

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One Very Inspiring Blogger

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Wee! Marigold, my bestest buddy and fellow blogger, nominated me!! How cool is THAT?? You should check her out too, at https://versusblurb.wordpress.com/ She has the bestest reviews, and you will want to jump on a plane immediately for Australia for a visit! Thanks, Sweetie! I would come over and bring you brownies and hot chocolate, but I don’t know how to swim, so I guess I won’t be jumping in the ocean and finding my way to you. . . sigh. Here is a cyber hug instead! { <3 }

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I’d like to congratulate Eliza Worner for receiving the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

*Cue Applause*

Eliza is a fellow writer and has published a children’s book, writes an online serial novel, contributes to online publications and is also editing her new novel which has been the inspiration for many an interesting post. She’s so dedicated and kinda puts me to shame ;) so I happily visit her blog to gain inspiration.

 Very Inspiring Blogger Award

And she has kindly nominated me to be the next recipient. And I have coddled it like my childhood teddy humbly accepted. Thank you Eliza! May we continue to be blogger buddies and prosper in the blogosphere!

So what’s the go? Well, this very encouraging award acts like a chain-mail thing. The letter kind, not the smithing upgrade to ringmail. Basically upon accepting the award you need to follow THE RULES:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you…

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