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The Case of the Disappearing Blogger!

““No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

It is amazing to realize just how long it has been since I last published. As we all know, life has a tendency to get in the way of where we want our present and future to go. Instead, we are at times forced onto other, more winding paths, often into a bleak landscape we fear to tread.

Other times we must put our heads down and hook up to our own personal plow, digging the rows of life, planting crops we wish to one day reap. I can’t say all my rows are planted, but I can say that I am seeing my way through. It will require discipline to start up again, but I can’t tell you all how much I am looking forward to it.

I have been editing books by various authors, Susan Bliler and Michael Angel in particular. If you haven’t checked out their works, I highly recommend them. I have also been editing business manuscripts, as well as supporting COBRA client agents. COBRA is a continuing program which allows employees to continue their benefits after they leave their previous position until they are insured by another employer or health insurance plan. And yes, that does veer wildly away from my love of books, but you do what you can to retain a steady income, right? I have been given the opportunity to work with a publishing house to edit for them, and I am thrilled about it! I will still be soliciting books from Indie Authors, so if you have a book that needs a keen eye, my rates are good! (Hint Hint)

So. I will be posting reviews again, though not steadily I imagine – at least for a while. I have to ‘get my feet under me again’ and get organized, but I am working on it. Currently, I am reading Bad Magic: 10 Novels With Demons, Djinn, Werewolves, Vampires & Rogue Gods . . .”  if you haven’t picked it up yet, I can Highly Recommend it so far. I Have read Chosen The Djinn Wars: Book 1, and Dead Rising The Templar – Book 1 so far, and both were wonderful stories. I am getting ready to start Hidden Blade Soul Eaters #1. I wasn’t familiar with the first story, but I have added the series to my reading list. The second I had already read, as I am a big fan of Debra Dunbar, but that was the only one of the series I had read. Both of these series are going on my “to read” list. If you previously followed my blog you will know that I have widely ranged, very eclectic tastes in books, and a bad case of “Oooooooo! Shiny!!!” so series often drop by the wayside when I find a new toy.

The last anthology I just finished was From the Shadows: 13 Tales of Urban Fantasy, Witches, Werewolves, Magic, Romance, Shifters, Fae, Demons, Vampires, Dark Fantasy & More!  While I can’t say that I will love all the books in any one anthology (who does?) this one was, in a word, stunning. With eleven different authors offering thirteen stories (Annie Bellet offers The First Three!!! of her The Twenty-Sided Sorceress books!) there are plenty of stories here to please anyone with an interest in strong, well-developed female characters, males who don’t run over the top of them but stand by their sides, and storylines that grab your interest and hold it. While I discovered that I am not really a Dannika Dark fan based on the story in the anthology, that is simply a matter of taste, not a snark against the writer. To each her own.

As I have gotten more into reading again after a long drought, I have read books by a wide range of authors, from Margo Bond Collins’ Under Her Skin to Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic series books one and two.

My favorite stand alone recently was Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (With A Body 

 

Count) by R.J. Blain. I adore R.J. anyway, and this start to a new series is a Hoot!

“You really are a one-track mind when you’re a unicorn.”

Yep. Get it. Read it. Review to follow 😉

Besides, it is free on Kindle Unlimited, and only $0.99 to purchase.

OH! And I read the first three of SM (Sara) Reine’s Preternatural Affairs Series (again!) and purchased the next three books in the series. If you haven’t read it, and you are fond of supernatural policing, this series is wonderful. I know I wouldn’t want to be a witch allergic to magic!

So, that is it for now. Reviews to follow. And if you need an editor or just a beta reader, be sure to drop me a line!

Hugs,

Leiah

 

I Know Nothing About the Book . . .

But I have to say . . .

This is one of the strangest covers . . .

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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 😉

More “Trumpism” . . . Sigh

First Draft: Donald Trump Says Ted Cruz Stole Victory in Iowa Caucuses

From rss.nytimes.comFebruary 3, 10:02 PM
“After hinting at it for a day, Donald J. Trump on Wednesday bluntly accused Senator Ted Cruz of “stealing” his Iowa caucuses victory and demanded a do-over.”
HA! I keep picturing him, laying on his back, his face purple, that hideous excuse for ‘hair’ flopping all around showing off his bald . . . kicking his legs, thrashing his arms, and screaming at the top of his voice:

IT’S NOT FAIIIIIRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

OK, I Couldn’t Resist. . .

Photo courtesy of Connie Zawacki – click to go to her Facebook page.ru

Review: Pop Sonnets by Erik Didriksen #ShakespeareSonnets #PopMusic

“I don’t pretend to be Captain Weird. I just do what I do.” – Johnny Depp

OK, here is a question for you – Do you think William Shakespeare is rolling in his grave? No, really. Cee Lo Green DID base his “F**k You!” on one of his sonnets. Just sayin’.

I notice my beloved on thy arm,
and from my lips I spit a vulgar oath
My want of wealth as caus’d my courtship harm,
and so I’ve lost my love;
Ye(sic) on your both!

Translated to:

See you driving ’round town
With the girl I love and I’m like
F–k you
(Ooh, ooh, ooh)
I guess the change in my pocket
Wasn’t enough, I’m like
F–k you
And forget her too

Erik Didriksen’s “Pop Sonnets” is based on the 1743 works of Sir Kirk de Edin who transcribed a small percentage of Shakespeare’s lesser known sonnets to the written word. While many may have been lost over time, as Shakespeare wrote thousands of unpublished sonnets during his lifetime – a lifetime that included the “Great Plague” of 1667 to 1666, and may have led to the loss of much of his work – de Edin rescued as many as he could.

In 1951, Colombia record exec Robert Lorre discovered the manuscripts – and a new era of pop music began, and has continued on to this day. Now, Didriksen has reprinted the original sonnets from the de Edin collection that have inspired popular songs, and the titles of the songs the sonnets inspired. (As an aside, The King’s Men, Shakespeare’s original minstrel troupe, passing down through the ages, scored a no. 1 hit in 1963 with . . . wait for it . . . “Louie, Louie”!)

This collection is wonderful for its revelation of sonnets of the master you may never have heard of – but it is also a screaming riot when you realize just what songs have been based on the sonnets! From the aforementioned Cee Lo Green piece, to artists such as The Animals (House of the Rising Sun), Black Sabbath (“Iron Man”), Michael Jackson (“Thriller”) and, yes, The Village People’s “YMCA” (!) and Nena’s “99 Luftballoons” to works by Buddy Holly, Tommy Tutone, Frank Sinatra and, yes, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (giggle) this is a funny, quirky, fascinating look into a modern take on the Bard’s work. Grab it, enjoy it – and if you are like me? Go make a mix playlist of all the songs, in order. I can’t Wait!

I received “Pop Sonnets” from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. If you enjoy my review, please click “Like” on Amazon. It helps both me and my authors! Thank you.

Review: Impawsible by Celia Kyle #SouthernShifters

“You are such a chick.”
I widened my eyes in mock surprise.
“No way. Are you sure?”
― Gena Showalter, Alice in Zombieland

Southern Shifters by Celia KyleA werebunny. Really? Why oh why, Bethany Buchanan wonders, did she have to be born a werebunny?! A white werebunny at that. Oh, and a white werebunny who was raised by a pride of lions, no less . . . Sigh.

When certain members of the Buchanan Pride decide that Bethany would be a ‘tasty appetizer’ she decides to move away, to Deals Gap, North Carolina, a safe haven for unusual shifters. Little did she know she was waltzing right into the same type of danger she tried so hard to leave behind.

Bethany is a great character. She may be an itty-bitty bunny in a big scary world but she is one tough cookie. Living in the pride, no matter how much her adoptive family wants to protect her, is dangerous – the males of the pride are intent on eating her – one way or the other, if you get my drift. So much for That nonsense!

But life in Deals Gap doesn’t look like it is going to be easy either, as she is pursued by yet another lion with itty-bitty bunny on the top of his appetizer list. Enter Carter, the tiger-wolf hybrid, who is determined to convince Bethany that he is her true mate, stage right. And you know what? Carter is good for her – but she doesn’t suddenly kowtow to him and his strength. Instead, the bunny is strong enough to stand up for herself, as well as taking a bit of assistance from her new mate.

I loved Bethany, Carter was one of the more amenable alpha males I have run across in a while, and Bethany’s adoptive parents and sisters were perfectly balanced. There is humor, thrills and a nice intro to the Buchanan in this first of a series. Apparently there is a whole “Southern Shifters” group of books out there written by several authors. I will have to check the others out when I get time. I am glad Celia is joining the group – her humour is awesome!

I received “Impawsible” from the author in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. If you enjoyed my review, please click here and choose “Like”. It helps both me and my authors!

Gardening, but here is a funny for you to enjoy

https://i2.wp.com/booklikes.com/photo/crop/205/205/upload/avatar/14/13/0251f6d134c64d26663185ca2e413415.jpgFull Disclosure: I picked this up on Booklikes from Paul Read or Dead. I know it has been floating around out there, but it never fails to make me laugh, so I am sharing it today then going back out to work in the yard!

You know you are a redneck when…..

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My ass may be spreading – but at least I’m not a Redneck…

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