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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

 

Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager by Janet Garber

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This sounds like a hoot, and it is on my read list, but with my schedule right now it will be a couple weeks before I get to it – so I wanted to share the press release and links. If you read it before me – let me know what you think!

Leiah

 

Single and sexless Melie Kohl strives to keep order at the out-of-control Axis Mundi Medical Center, which is swarming with buttock-grabbing doctors, hebephrenic staff and monstrous bosses, all while trying to find a life of her own in author Janet Garber’s new novel, “Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager.”

As the story unfolds, Melie runs into a little murder here, some cancer there, a handsome devil and rivals, not all of whom are human, like Gladys, the first parrot-woman gladiator. Through it all, Melie won’t give up until she has sorted it all out – the hunk, the macaw and her life’s work.

Garber says she wrote the book after being inspired with a “burning need to inject humor into my day-to-day existence.”

Dream Job, Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager

By Janet Garber

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781483447476

E-Book | 178 pages | ISBN 9781483447469

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Lulu

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61GG8xsSTZL._UX250_.jpgAbout the Author*

Janet Garber’s nonfiction work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal’s Vertical Network, New York Times, New York Post, Jewish Week, NeworldReview, HR Magazine and Working Mother Magazine. In 2001, Silver Lining Press brought out her nonfiction book, “I Need a Job, Now What?” and rereleased it as “Getting a Job” by Barnes & Noble Basics. Of late, her fiction and poetry have appeared in a few dozen literary journals. She received a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in New York and a master’s in English from the University of Rochester. She’s had a long career in human resources while moonlighting as a freelance journalist, fiction writer and poet. You can visit her and learn more at www.janetgarber.com.

 

Buy now at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Melie5 in paperback or e-book.

Review: Vidalia: A ‘Not-Quite’ Vampire Love Story by Julia Mills

27232419“And what? Accidentally cuts off three fingers postmortem? ‘Oops, oh, no, my girlfriend just died! Clumsy me, in trying to perform CPR, I chopped off some fingers! Guess I’ll just take them with me…. Oh, darn, where did that middle finger go?” ― Barry Lyga, I Hunt Killers

(OK, Fine, FINE! The quote has nothing to do with the story line. But hey, it’s funny, right? Right? Oh well. It must just be me. Snort.)

After spending last night (and let’s face it – all morning as well before I fell over and finally slept) with a book filled with tension I wanted to

read something ‘light and fluffy’ to come down off the ‘high’ of having my eyes glued to the page all night. Julia Mills’ Vidalia: A ‘Not-Quite’ Vampire Love Story seemed right up my alley for a light read. I added the books to my tablet the other day after receiving a note from her that the books were now on KU to be read for free. Of course, ‘book’ is a bit too strong. This is a 13,000 word short, just right to read over my tea and bagel out on the porch (hooray… no snow today!)

Vidalia is the heiress to the Vidalia onion fortune, but she isn’t like any heiress I have had the pleasure to read before. A medical examiner in Buckhead Georgia, Vidalia is a true ‘Southern Lady’ through and through. Well, except for the fact that she is ‘not-quite’ a vampire. You see, her granddaddy was a philanderer, just like so many “Southern Gentlemen.” (Cough.) Of course, he should have kept it in his pants instead of sticking it into a thousand year old gypsy/vampire saloon dancer. Oops. Being cursed as a vampire (who can’t grow fangs, hence the ‘not-quite’ in the title) is rather embarrassing for a genteel Southern lady, but hey, she is living with it quite nicely overall, especially with her handsome cop (vampire) boyfriend hanging around. Until the bodies start dropping (literally) from high-rises, drained of blood and with their throats slit.

The story is quick, often humorous, and I truly liked Vidalia. A quick, relaxing, fun read that was just the ticket over breakfast!

 

Is it feasible to build a wall between the US and Mexico as Donald Trump claims he would do?

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dennis Copeland, a Systems Engineer for various Federal Agencies, shared a brilliant post on Quora.com, and it is well worth a read.

“A structural engineer did an analysis of what it would take to build Trump’s wall.”

  An Engineer Explains Why Trump’s Wall Is So Implausible in The National Memo (Wednesday, March 16, 2016) wrote the article, and Copeland explains his findings in understandable language just what it would take to build Trump’s “Great Wall.”

Ya know, Trump, in the words of the brilliant comedian Lewis Black, “They’re so broke that they’ve actually cut essential services. In many places, they’ve cut policemen, because, who the fuck needs them? Or firemen, son of a bitch, it’s much more fun watching something burn down.”
Lewis Black

Every American should read both articles – they are brilliant!

A Nice Police Story

We hear every day about bad things that happen when cops are involved. But as with every other human being on the planet, there are good ones and bad ones, and though the good outweigh the bad, well, blood and violence sells, so we don’t always hear all the good in the screaming about how bad the bad are. So, when I came across the article when I was reading the QN Blog, which is part of Quilters Newsletter, I couldn’t help passing this along. Enjoy a smile this morning (or afternoon, as the case may be!) Besides, I raved pretty hard yesterday, time to make up for it with a laugh!


Scrap Bag: Quilting cops, Masopust’s influence, Flint water crisis quilt, and more

One of the Best Quilt shops! Well worth the trip if you will be visiting NYC or Philadelphia! Gammill and Bernina sales as well as Long Arm Rental Programs!:

Do you remember a video that went viral a few weeks ago of a cop who decided to shoot hoops in the street with a group of local boys instead of bust them on a public disturbance call? Well, we quilters now have our own version! Two Burlington City (New Jersey) police officers responded to a call from local quilt shop about a medical emergency. After the person was determined to be fine, the cops hung around and started sewing. One of them showed off some really good free-motion quilting skills, saying he was a professional quilter before he became a cop. (His partner was not as experienced but gave it a try, so good on him.) Click the link to watch the video.

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Some Were In Time: Shift Happens Book Two by Robyn Peterman

It’s on Goodreads! I wrote my review of 23524116Ready To Were in April to a lot of laughs. The one thing I bemoaned was the fact that we had to wait for the next one! Well, the “Coming Soon!” is now out on Goodreads . . .

Some Were In Time

Some Were In Time: Shift Happens Book TwoPlanning my own wedding should mean I’m having the time of my life…not defending it every time I turn around. Dragons, feral Wolves and Were Cows…I mean who in the hell knew Were Cows even existed?

All I wanna do is marry Hank, have 2.5 beautiful little Werewolf babies and live happily ever after while having sex on a very regular basis. Oh…and I still want to shoot stuff occasionally.
Apparently no one got the memo.

Instead of complaining about the price of flowers, cakes and the fact that my gay Vampyre BFF, Dwayne insists on wearing a dress at my nuptials, I’m locked and loaded trying to ascertain who wants my ass six feet under. With Hank at my side and some surprising allies at our disposal, we will take on the bad dudes…one bloody clusterhump of a sucktastic battle at a time.

No one ever said the Werewolf life was going to be easy, but this week we couldn’t catch a break if it bit us in the ass…


Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Expected publication: June 22nd 2015

Review: The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavero

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person. -Audrey Hepburn
Maybe your weird is my normal. Who’s to say? -Nicki Minaj

I have one word to say about The Icing on the Corpse. Quirky. What else can it be but quirky and funny when it is set in Frog Ledge, Connecticut? Especially when the mystery occurs during the annual Groundhog Day Festival. A festival that the whole town truly gets into – in a ‘way-over-the-top-everyone-dresses-up-like-a-groundhog’ sort of way.

Kristan “Stan” Connor has the honour this year of being the ‘Goundhog Gift-Giver’ to the star of the festival, a groundhog named Lilypad. As the owner and chief baker of Pawsitively Organic, Stan is thrilled to gain the notoriety, and the possible new business for her canine and feline bakery. Only things don’t go as everyone planned, when much beloved Helga Oliver, the town historian, is found in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs in the museum basement. Who would want to hurt good natured Helga? Why? And is the cause a more modern one – like the guy who wants Helga’s job as the town historian? Or has something in the past come back to haunt the town?

Stan’s ‘I’m really too old to call a guy my “boyfriend” boyfriend, Jake, is devastated to lose the woman who has been like a grandmother to him all his life. The family response ranges from whacky to just plain mean, and the addition of a celebrity ghost hunter show to the mix makes this one wild ride.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

The Grammys Are Here – And Ugly Is Definitely In

OK. Here in Colorado we just call it “snow fence”, not “haute couture”.

Just sayin’.

And those ugly ass tats? What’s up with that?

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Free Today: How To Kill Yourself In A Small Town By Eden Hudson

9640626It’s Snarky Humour Day! In the tradition of Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series, meet Eden Hudson and her new series The Redneck Apocalypse.

Free today on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, I couldn’t resist adding it to my “must read” pile! If you read it before I get a chance to, don’t forget to review!


How to Kill Yourself in a Small Town (The Redneck Apocalypse Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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eden Hudson


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Book Description

February 19, 2014
The holy champion chosen to save the world is enslaved to a beautiful, sadistic fallen angel and losing the battle for his sanity.

The guy chosen to save the holy champion is his binge-drinking redneck brother.

So, basically, the world is screwed.

Meet the Whitney boys:
Colt—a mentally unstable holy soldier with a rapidly deteriorating hold on reality. His last plan to rid the world of evil either failed horribly or went off without a hitch. With the constant torture and brainwashing, it’s getting hard to be sure of anything but the sick attachment he’s developing to his beautiful tormentor.

Tough—a smart-mouthed honky-tonk hero trying to drown his problems in music, women, and good times. He hasn’t spoken to Colt in five years—not since their disagreement over a nymphomaniac vampire turned into a drunken slugfest—but they’re still brothers. Tough knows he can’t leave Colt fighting for his life and his sanity alone. The question is whether Tough can fight off his personal demons long enough to save Colt from the literal ones.

How to Kill Yourself in a Small Town is the first book in The Redneck Apocalypse series.

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