August 20, 2014

Recent Reads

Anyone else using Amazon's Kindle Unlimited?  I'm currently on my free one-month trial period.  At first, I didn't think I'd continue with the service, though now I plan to continue because the price is more than worth the amount of use I've had so far. 

Lafitte's Treasure by Joe Corso (2014).  Historical fiction about the search for Jean Lafitte's buried treasure.  Interesting enough that I now want to read a biography about Lafitte, who fought on the side of the colonists during the American Revolution.

Devil's Fall by Britten Thorne (2014).  Dust Bowls Devil MC series.  I didn't anything could make me like Gunner after his portrayal in Old Man's Ride, Gunner's father's story.  Wrong.  Britten's description of Gunner's relationship with Senna, plus the background information on his military experience, changed my mind.  This is one of the stand-out MC reads, a subgenre that's becomingly increasingly saturated, I've come across recently. 

Carnival by K.B. Nelson (2014).  Feeling trapped, yet not wanting to head off to college in the fall as expected, small-town girl Charlie becomes involved with carnival worker Blue.  Ultimately, I'm not sure which of them is more messed up and confused, though they make an interesting pairing.  I wasn't completely comfortable with the drug use and amount of drinking in the book.

Midnight Vengeance by Lisa Marie Rice (2014).  Squee.  Rice finally has another book in her Midnight series.  Midnight Man, book one in the series, is one of my all-time favorite romances.  The focus this time around is on Jacko and a woman running from the drug cartel kingpin stepbrother who wants her dead.  Although the characters are in a circle of friends, the books in the series can be read individually.

August 16, 2014

August 14, 2014

Incoming Mail--Tami

Card and letter from Tami in Oregon.  Her blog is A Mother's Musings.

Tami always makes her envelopes pretty.

August 12, 2014

Incoming Mail--Barbara

Sparkly Mary Engelbreit card and letter from Barbara in South Carolina.

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay

Envelope for card and letter from Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Recent Reads

Find You in the Dark (2012) and Light in the Shadows (2013) by A. Meredith Walters.  The author's experience as a counselor working with abused and troubled children and teens shines through in this two-book series about young, obsessive love and mental illness.  Although dark and emotionally difficult to read, Maggie and Clay's story is interesting and thought-provoking.  I like the fact that there are no easy answers, and the "solution" to mental illness isn't magically meeting The One any more than the road to happiness is finding The One, earning more money, or whatever goal you think you want to reach.  Books must be read together and in order.

Breath of Life by Christine Pope (2011).  While the first book in the Gaian Consortium Series, this is a short, stand-alone read.  This is basically a decent retelling of Beauty and the Beast in a futuristic, harsh setting.

Forever My Lady by Jeff Rivera (2013).  Despite the romantic title, this is really the story of a troubled teen who is sent to a prison boot camp.  Can he find a life outside of the gang lifestyle?  Will his girlfriend be a part of that life?

August 08, 2014

Incoming Mail--Jen

Cute booklet letter from Jen in Texas.

Plus stickers.