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Review: Crypt Keeper (The Molly Maddison Series #1) By K. A. Young

22896422No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. – Aristotle

I’m attracted to how fraught the parent-child relationship is, swerving so easily between love and hostility, with almost no plausible way to end, unless someone dies. – Ben Marcus

Molly Maddison spent her whole life in and out of psychiatrist’s offices and asylums. Vicious treatment, when you are a child. When you really do see ghosts. Ghosts you can see and touch and interact with as if they were still alive. And yet, no one else can see them, hence, you must be mad.

Living in a funeral home, backing upon a cemetery, makes Molly’s young life more difficult than one could ever think. So, once old enough, she flees, running away from her life to a new world, where she will learn to help children who have suffered as she has. But her life still refuses to change, as her oh-so-real ‘imaginary friend’ Jewels has come along to keep her company, even though Molly asked her to stay behind. And though she has asked her ghostly lover, Levi, not to follow, when Molly decides to go out with her professor, Damon Knight, all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Now, with her father dead, Molly is drawn back home, into a world of horror and death unlike anything she could have ever expected. No one is whom Molly thought them to be. And what Molly must do to assure her own existence, and of those she loves, dead or not, will draw her once again to the edge of sanity.

Molly Maddison is a different sort of heroine than most in the urban fantasy realms, as is her world. K.A. Young has developed an unusual reality unlike any other I have so far found in UF writing. Creative and atypical, I am excited to continue my journey through her world.

I received Crypt Keeper the first of The Molly Maddison Series, from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

Help Stop Razieh Ebrahimi’s Execution – An Abused Child Bride

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An abused child bride will be hanged to death as early as this week unless her husband’s family pardons her.

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Dear Leiah,

Razieh Ebrahimi was forced to become a child bride at 14 years of age. For three years her husband abused her, insulting her constantly and physically assaulting her. Finally, after he severely beat her one night when she was 17, Razieh killed her husband. Now she could be executed by hanging as early as this week.

Her husband’s family has the right to pardon her, but so far they have refused.

Click here to save Razieh Ebrahimi’s life by asking for her to be pardoned from execution.

Razieh told reporters that her husband used any excuse to verbally and physically attack her. She was forced into the marriage by her father, and had her first child at age 15.

Razieh is facing execution even though international laws prohibit the death sentence for crimes committed by juveniles. Human rights lawyers and activists around the world are calling for Iran to stop executions of juvenile offenders.

If thousands of us plead with her husband’s family to have compassion, they could be moved to spare Razieh’s life. Click here to sign the petition asking for a pardon that would stop Razieh’s execution.

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Help Support RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

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Too many young women suffer the horrors of Rape, Incest and Abuse – and MEN suffer these same horrors. Please help fund The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) with your purchase of Cut Too Deep. Thank you!

As a firm believer that more needs to be done to prevent sexual assault as well as bring offenders to justice, KJ Bell is donating a percentage of week one sales for Cut Too Deep to rainn.org. RAINN The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is an American anti-sexual assault organization, the largest in the United States.

RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and to ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

About Cut Too Deep:

A woman traumatized by her past, beaten, battered, and unwilling to trust.

A man held captive by his greatest failure, lost, and self-destructive.

Letters that unexpectedly bind them together.

Is their bond strong enough to survive each other?

As a web of deceit is revealed, will they be able to determine what’s real, and what’s worth fighting for? Or will they crumble under the weight of secrets that cut too deep?

Can Miller forgive himself and move beyond his fear of failing the one he loves?

Can Hadley accept the love she desperately wants but doesn’t believe she deserves?

http://www.rainn.org

RAINN.org | RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

PURCHASE LINK:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nqZ2sL

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cut-too-deep-katrina-bell/1119608187?ean=2940149182480

​​Here is the link for the Book Trailer as well

http://youtu.be/Hto6uSeIVK0

 

Things To Think About Today

I will be working on editing all day today, but I wanted to give you something to think about while I am gone for a bit. The Pinterest posts below touched me, heart and soul. I hope they will also garner your interest, and give you something to think about. Women are pretty darn wonderful – and they get no respect. . . and Native Tribes? Well, we know what happened there.

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I am not sure where the original post came from. This was found on the Pinterest site as posted by Doug Gray (http://www.pinterest.com/scarface90156/) If someone can point out the original, I would appreciate it.
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This was posted on Pinterest by Corriera Mattina. Click the photo to go to Corriera’s site. It is amazing what women do, and yet are so often overlooked. Good for the Nobel Prize committee for awarding Ms. Levi-Montalcini the Nobel for Medicine!

 

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And two final photos regarding subjects even more dear to my heart. My tribe, the Quapaw (my mother was Quapaw, my sperm donor white), were once a peaceful, numerous tribe. In the late 1600s, the Quapaw were estimated to have a population greater than 5,000. Over a period of 80 years, their population had dropped to 700 due to a smallpox epidemic in 1699. Sadly, because of this massive population drop, much of early Quapaw history and lore, which was passed on orally, died with its storytellers. Even today the Quapaw Tribe doesn’t have as many members as it did in the early 1600s. By 1720, the Quapaw had abandoned one of their villages because there simply were not enough people to maintain all four of their original villages. 1918: The last Hereditary Chief, Tall Chief, died.
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These are actual tiny child handcuffs used by the U.S. government to restrain captured Native American children and drag them away from their families to send them to the Indian boarding schools where their identities, cultures and their rights to speak their Native languages were forcefully stripped away from them. Think the US is a bit hypocritical when they talk about other countries and how they handle human rights?

 

Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Written by: Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn An old Chinese proverb says “Women hold up half the sky.” Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances. – Audible.com 

I am an Audible member, and today this is the “Daily Deal” from Amazon at only $3.95!

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On a personal note, I am pretty much out for the count right now with new treatments. Better safe than sorry, right? So, I am only on occasionally until Monday.  For all my friends, Not To Worry – just a slightly elevated marker count.  I have my postchemo doctor’s appointment on Monday, and after that I am hoping to get back to full potential!

Yippee! Beta Reading Book Three – The Pierced Series by J. C. Mells

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The cover for “Perfect” – Book three of the J. C. Mells “Pierced” series!

Just finished the Beta and, OMFG!!! J. C. does it again – another brilliant story full of pain and hate, love and understanding and a tremendous cast of characters. Watch here – I will let you know as soon as I know when it is coming out – and you have to read this book! Of course, if you haven’t read the first ones, you have to read those too- – – these are too good to miss!

Thanks, J. C. Mells!!!

 

“Can’t live with him, can’t live without him.”

Never have these words seemed more true to Pierce as she deals with the aftermath of Salt Lake City. She and Lucas can’t seem to stay apart from each other for very long without the night panics happening again – but being together is almost as torturous. Will her past ever allow her to be intimate with him? Can she afford to let her guard down and allow herself to be happy? She’s still suffering from the post-traumatic stress of what happened to her the last time she did that.

But on the plus side, their little town of Nowhere is coming along in leaps and bounds. So much so, that it has appeared on the radar of the wolf community. Or at least Pierce’s presence has.

Suddenly it seems like Nowhere is THE place to be these days..

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Who is Pierce?

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Keep your eyes open – I will post when the book is published!

Review: The Christmas Wish By Katy Regnery

A sex symbol becomes a thing…. I just hate to be a thing. – Marilyn Monroe, Ms. magazine, p. 40 (August 1972).

The kind see kindness; the wise see wisdom. – Anonymous

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Click for Katy’s Goodreads site.

The Christmas Wish is a short story, only 15K words, but the impact of those 15K words is tremendous. Books seldom make me cry cleansing tears, but this little story did.

Lucas Flynn is an ex-con, just out of prison and trying to rebuild his life. Tess Branson is a waitress at the cafe where Lucas works. Tess is sweet and compassionate, with a heart as big as Montana, though people in Gardiner treat her like trash. Lucas is carrying a burden that no man should ever carry, a burden of pain and loss and loneliness.

With Christmas only days away, is it possible that a simple wish upon a star could change both their lives?

Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this story from the author. This fact does not influence my review.

Blurred Lines

I was checking my mail this morning and got an e-mail entitled “Twerk This” from Laura E. Harner, author of the Willow Springs Ranch and Altered States series, among others. Her message said:

With all the fuss over Miley and her twerking at the VMA, some groups have gotten together to point out the ‘blurred lines’ of the semi-consensual sex lyrics of Robin Thick’s song and the general debasing of women in the media. Interestingly, I’ve noticed a serious trend of misogyny among readers and writers of male/male romance. I’m not sure why it caught me so off guard, except that I’ve been a proponent of  equal rights a whole lot longer than marriage equality has the cause d’jour. Equal is equal.

What do you think?

Here’s a video parody of the song put together by three law students…

OK, so I don’t pay a lot of attention to what is going on in the entertainment world. I basically couldn’t care who is doing what to whom. I did hear about the whole “Miley” thing, but other than thinking that daddy must have been really embarrassed . . . Meh. I have my own, real life. But anyway, I have been really concerned myself about the mood of the American public regarding the abuse of women, from movies and music to the popularity of books which feature women as slaves, treated like yard dogs by men – with the women’s tacit, and sometimes blatant, consent. Come on – I fought like a wild woman to get women the right to hold their heads up in public, to walk the streets safely, to be equal partners in relationships, to be able to stand up in court and say “Yes, he DID rape me, and he didn’t have the RIGHT!” . . . to have control over your own body and not turn that control over to an 80-something guy in a dress, and THIS is what you do with it?  Come on! When I was small, THIS was considered an appropriate coffee advertisement – and now you are ASKING to be treated like this?  misogyny3jpgGrrrrr……

Anyway, I laughed my ass off at this video. I hope you do too. Enjoy.

 

And then, of course, there are those poor women who live in Texas – just how many trucks DID U-Haul rent to smart women to move them out of that ridiculous state?

(I can say that, because I used to live there – then left, at a DEAD RUN!)

TWO Happy Dances!!

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Click the cover to purchase!

The amazing Jillian Klein Der Lowe just shot me an e-mail letting me know that her book, Wicked, just hit the #3 spot in her genre on Amazon!!

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Thank you!

Click the cover to grab the book from Amazon FOR FREE!!!! Then, of course, after you have read it, I am sure Jillian would love a review. (Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge!)  My review is here in case you want to refresh or haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet.

Congratulations, Jillian!!

Now, for even MORE good news, we turn to another wonderful author, J. C. Mells, author of the Pierced series.

J. C. is happy to announce that her next book in the series, Pinked is nearing the end of editing, and will be out soon! Pinked continues the adventures of Pierce and Mia, a fascinating pair, with a story that is one of the most interesting I have read in recent memory.  Watch for the review here, and for publication at Amazon soon. Until then, you really MUST pick up your own copy of Pierced! Click on the book cover to order. My review is hereIt is only 99c right now, and J. C. is sure to be a wonderful addition to your ‘must-buy-as-soon-as-published’  author list!

Also, be sure to pick up a copy of Escaped, volume 1.5 of the Pierced series! It is also only 99c for a short time at Amazon.

Congratulations, J. C.!

Shrieking and Jumping up and down! J. C. just sent along the cover for PINKED!!!

Drool worthy, huh?  Click on the cover to see the video trailer!PINKED BC3

J. C. just sent me the cover!
Click on it for the YouTube Video
for the upcoming book!
Squeeee!!!!
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For now, Pierced is only 99c at Amazon.
Click cover to order!
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Click to purchase from Amazon!
Only 99c for a short time.
You KNOW you won’t be able to live without it
after reading Pierced!

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