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March 2016

Double Blind – Carrie Bedford – British Suspense

I just love “Freebie and low cost” book emails. You can find some wonderful things that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. This is the case with “Double Blind.” This is the second in the Kate Benedict series, and I will absolutely be going back to read the first.

“Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

Double Blind: Kate Benedict Paranormal Mystery #2 (The Kate Benedict Series)

Feeling a need for a suspense novel, I flipped through my list of books that interested me on Kindle Unlimited, all found through one of my many book emails, and landed on this one. I am glad I did. Double Blind is filled with suspense, danger and a bit of a mystical tone that was just right for a lazy Sunday. Although this is the second in a series, I was able to catch on immediately to Kate’s situation and never felt lost or confused. I was intrigued, however, by glimpses into the previous story.

I would never want to be Kate Benedict. For you see, Kate has a secret. She can see auras around the heads of people who are slated to die – and die soon. So, imagine her shock and pain when she sees an aura around the top candidate for the position of British Prime Minister. She knows something terrible is going to happen. But what can you do, when you have no proof of danger except a mystical cloud no one else can see? She has to do something. But what? And when her best friend Anita, a surgeon, and Anita’s boss both develop auras as well, Kate is going to have to come “out of the closet” to her best friend – a scientist, who is determined that Kate needs psychiatric assistance instead of believing her.

There is action, suspense, and a very British turn-of-phrase in this novel, and I greatly enjoyed it. The writing is tight, the characters well-developed, and the storyline intriguing and very “ripped from the headlines” in a manner that kept me reading for much too long. Set in London, the writing painted pictures in my mind that left me fully satisfied with the reading experience.

Purina Benefil Recall Animal Lovers Pay Attention!

Purina Voluntarily Recalls 10-oz. Tubs of Wet Dog Food

1I have always heard thing about Benefil being seriously unhealthy for pets. Now, a massive Recall proves it.


Nestlé Purina has issued a voluntary recall of select wet dog food sold in 10-oz. plastic tubs due to possible issues with the level of vitamins and minerals in the food.

This Purina dog food recall only involves the following brands with both a “Best Before” date range of June 2017 to August 2017 and production code range starting with the first four digits of 5363 to 6054.


  • Beneful Prepared Meals Wet Dog Food in 10-oz. Tubs

  • Beneful Chopped Blends Wet Dog Food in 10-oz. Tubs

It’s Here! Skin Walkers: Remy – Susan A. Bliler



Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. – H. G. Wells

 My name is Recker. I need to speak with you.”
Throwing a longing look at her cordless phone lying useless on her coffee table next to her book, Harlow feigned a cheery tone as her eyes shot to her bedroom door. She had a shotgun beside her bed, but wondered if she were being over-cautious. “Don’t know any Recker. I’m afraid you have the wrong apartment.”

“I have the right apartment. Open the door.”
Open the door? His command had her silently cursing the lack of peephole as she slowly backed away from the door, glancing longingly at her bedroom. Okay, that definitely warranted a shotgun response. She hustled toward her bedroom door, snagging her cordless phone on her way with suddenly trembling fingers. She cursed when it slipped from her fumbling hands, bouncing nearly silently on the carpeted floor. “Shit!” she whispered, then offered more loudly, “I don’t know you!” Annoyed at herself now, she added some heat to her tone as she dropped to her knees, snatching up her phone. “Go away!” – Susan A. Bliler, “Skin Walkers: Remy

29286944Harlow Armstrong’s life has been, well, shitty since the day she was born. Left at the door of a fire station, she bounced from foster home to foster home. “Once even the worst home refused to accept her, she was placed in a group home, where she remained until she aged out.” Hey, give a girl a break. Being unwanted has a tendency to tweak the attitude, all right? Now twenty-seven, Harlow lives in a crappy apartment, in a crappy building, and works a crappy job. Well, it pays the bills. And when you are dumped on the street at eighteen with no real education and the clothes on your back, you make do. And she does. Really. Well, sorta, but she pays her bills, so there is that.

Then, there is the knock at her door. And all blue-blooded Hell breaks loose.

Fast forward six months and Harlow’s life is weirder, and yes, more wonderful, than she could have ever dreamed possible. For Harlow has a brother. A brother who has been searching for her for years, and is over-the-moon at finally finding her. A brother who, oh, by the way . . . can change into different animals at a thought!

Determined to be useful to these incredible people who have turned her life into a fairy tale, Harlow tries lots of things, from gardening (Meh.) to secretarial (Ugh.) But when she sees the Sentries, the elite guards of the Walkers at StoneCrow Estates, she knows she has found her match. Growing up she had to use feet and fists to survive. And she is determined to pay her way by being one of that exclusive group.

Of course, Brother Mason EnemyHunter (Wow, who would have ever thought that her real name was EnemyHunter?) is horrified. Especially when he realizes that his enemy, Remy McCade, is head of training for the new Sentries. For you see, Remy and Mason have a history. A history neither wants Harlow to know.

Susan truly steps up her game with “Remy.” The Skin Walkers series started out with “King,” a paranormal romance with a Native American twist. As a Native herself, Susan was creating a world that could be our own, with Skin Walkers living in the shadows, simply trying to make a life for themselves and their families without interference from the public or government. Or from shadowy creatures called the Megalya, monsters who hunt them for their souls.

As the series develops Susan has grown her cast, developed her world, and now the horrors in the shadows are coming, fully-formed and deadly. The Walkers and their families, their way of life, and their lives themselves are in mortal danger, and death hangs over all.

Harlow is in mortal danger as well – and no matter how hard he has tried to stay away from her and her brother, Remy may very well be the only thing left standing between Harlow and a horrific end.

Yes, I am Susan’s editor. But don’t jump to conclusions. This series is wonderful, with truly strong women characters who don’t allow themselves to be pushed around by the men in their lives. The world building is strong, characters interesting, and the story development throughout is building to the point where the paranormal romance is taking a bit of a backseat to suspense and strong characterizations. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend the series. And check out her “Territory” series as well. Susan pays homage to her bloodline and its stories in a subtle and yet powerful way that keeps me riveted to her every word!

I Know Nothing About the Book . . .

But I have to say . . .

This is one of the strangest covers . . .

Did they streeeeeetch him out around the waist, or What? He really reminds me of those Skinny Skinnnnnny Victoria’s Secret models! ROFL!

You can check it out for yourself at All Romance eBooks. It doesn’t sound interesting to me, but I just couldn’t bear not sharing 😉

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New Release Book Blast From Words Turn Me On – Hybrid Mates by Nicole Austin

I got a note from Donna McGuinness at Words Turn Me On (and how cool is that name?) with a new release book blast I am passing along. I know nothing about the author, but in the spirit of helping other struggling “Book Pushers” I thought I would pass it along.

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SIX STORIES in one book!! (Click the pic to check it out!)

Merry Christmas, Kitten

Sirena Petra wants one thing for Christmas—an orgasm. And sex toy expert Kenyon Fort has exactly what the lion shifter needs to find more than just her happy place.

My Valentine Lovers

All I want for Valentine’s Day is to get barbed by a feline shifter and act out a few of the naughty twin fantasies getting me hot and bothered.

My Kind Of Lover

Badass biker girl, accountant, lioness shifter—I’m all that and more. And this hybrid wolf thinks he can take me on? Bring it, you sexy beast! I’ve got this.

Sex Me Up

One night at a Paris sex club—no-strings, complications or inhibitions—just lots of fantasy sex. But in the morning I forgot the most important rule. Never run from a feline predator—they live for the chase.

Take Me Home

Going home isn’t easy, but my new stepbrother has me aching for the kind of love my sisters have found. Can I really have it all?

Your One And Only

My day from hell took a delightful turn when I woke up naked next to the most gorgeous man. But he’d bitten me and claimed I was his mate. Oh my!

About the Author:

Nicole Austin lives on the sheltered Gulf Coast of Florida, where inspiration can be found sitting under a big shade umbrella on the beach, sipping cold margaritas. A voracious reader, she never goes anywhere without a book, but started looking for something more. Something hotter.

A passion for erotic romance led to Nicole’s creation of sizzling characters and boundary pushing stories. Now she lives in an incredible world where fantasy comes to life in bold, vivid detail. Well, until real life intrudes and she has to share the computer with the rest of the family.

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Twitter: @NicoleAustin1


OK, this guy needs a serious editor, but his workmanship in laying out the facts and history on the loss of the American Middle Class is well “The Hairdo” is making such strong inroads into the American Political Mind makes more sense – thought I still stand by the idea that tH is more dangerous than a hydrogen bomb in the hands of a hyperactive three-year-old.

Robert Sheppard Literary Blog & World Literature Forum

The Death of the American Dream? The Death of the American Dream?

From the American Scene Series—A Continuing Commentary on American Life & Culture

Robert Sheppard, Editor-in-Chief, World Literature Forum Robert Sheppard, Editor-in-Chief, World Literature Forum

By Robert Sheppard

Editor-in-Chief, World Literature Forum

Author, Spiritus Mundi, Novel

A Dream On Fire

Today, the wake of “SuperTuesday” reminds us again in these United States that we are in the midst of an undeniably unique and extraordinary election year. On both the Republican and Democratic side the “Establishment” politicians seem to be facing a Tsunami tidal wave uprising variously characterized as “outsiders,” “Tea-Party Insurgents,” “Progressives” or “Populists” as represented by the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the Republican right wing and Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist” on the Democratic left-wing. At the same time, whatever the underlying “movement” propelling each of the candidates, much of their message and embodied energy seems lost and obfuscated most recently in scandal, new…

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Pacific Rim – A Movie Review

Pacific Rim PosterI admit it.. I am addicted to Pacific Rim running in the background when I am working. All graphics and testosterone, PR sits solidly in the field of Godzilla meets Battleship with a strong vein of what is happening in the world today. The population of Earth fights off ‘Aliens’ with battle armor and a giant “Wall being built to keep out Aliens” (sound familiar?). It doesn’t work any better than the one planned by “The Hairdo” of course. (Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau reminds me of ‘The Hairdo’)Still of Ron Perlman in Pacific Rim (2013)Still of Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim (2013)

And Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori is a kickass little heroine – not too strong, not too weak, really just right.

Written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, this is very much a Hellboy style entry to his category rather than Pan’s Labyrinth – something that has the “magical realism” crowd totally up in arms. So, keep this in mind if you watch it.

The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)My first introduction to Mr. del Toro was The Strain series, and from there I branched out to his other written works, and his movies as well. I own both Hellboy and Hellboy2. I would love to read Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, but it isn’t at my library and I can’t afford the $26.99 for the Kindle edition, or over $40 for the paper version, thanks to Harper Collins being shitheads about pricing their books, so I will just have to wait until I can find a library edition! It is by Guillermo and Marc Zicree (another favorite of mine) so I will keep my eye out.

If you want good graphics, an interesting sci-fi story line, and a dose of de Toro, well, enjoy!


Glory Be, I Can See!!

I had Lasix surgery over 15 years ago, and it was wonderful! I went from being nearly unable to see to 20/20 in one eye and 20/15 in the other. It was the first Lasix of its kind on a set of eyes that were, before then, thought unable to be worked on. The doc actually wrote a journal article about it, which was cool as she did it for a huge discount in order to be able to test it out on someone with my level of nearsightedness. The surgery worked until my chemotherapy, when, along with the rest of my body, my eyes took a huge hit and didn’t recover. So, I haven’t been able to see anywhere near as well over the last three years. And I couldn’t read paper volumes at all. Pretty sad when I have over 1,000 books in my library!

But today, I can see! Glory be, I can see! (And I also see that I really need a haircut!)


Doin’ my happy dance!

Yep! Now I can read those paperbacks authors were kind enough to send me. Sometimes there is nothing like the scent and feel of paper books. So good!

On another note, Linda did her first baking with the new KitchenAid I got her for her birthday. Look what I have for breakfast! Strawberry/blackberry on the left, almond on the right. Let the yummy begin!


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