Wednesday, 31 July 2013

In Flight (up in the air #1) - R K Lilley

Genre; Adult/Erotica
Release Date; October 2012
When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can't seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

This book is intended for ages 18 and up

I love a brooding billionaire with issues, there i said it (obv not in RL) but these are up there with my favourite types of book to read. I spied this on a goodreads list for books similiar to 50 shades and bared to you, both of which i love. This is more 50 shades than bared to you, which i love. Bianca obviously has her own issues (as per) but cannot control herself around a certain mr cavendish. It just had me hooked, i dont know what it is with this genre; i read it in 4 hours. 

Rating; 10/10

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Author interview #2 - Deb Ling

1. Why do you write?
There are a couple of reasons that I write. The main reason is I love to share what I have learned in the Lord through the scriptures and my relationship with Him. I also like to help others. 

2. What inspired you?
 My first book, The Walking Wounded, was inspired by my healing. I am an ex abuse victim, and when I was healed of my past, my entire life changed. I wanted to help others to receive that same freedom from their past.

3. Your favourite thing you have written - book/scene/blog post?  
I don't have a favorite book. Each of my books are brought about from a portion of my life, each step bringing me further to where I am today. 
The Walking Wounded (for women) and The Wounded Soldier (for men), are books on healing wounds. They came out of my experiences as an abuse victim, and later in healing. Though wounds can come in many forms, such as divorce, a lost relationship, or death.
Prophetic Dance Hidden in Plain View, came about when prophetic dance was imparted to me at a worship conference.
Submission through Unconditional Love came about from my divorce, and what I learned - too late to save my marriage. I hope that others will read it before it is too late for them.
A New Day, a 31 day devotional was a tribute to the scriptures and how to approach each day when starting a new job, a new year, or maybe a new relationship.
My latest, Web Junction an allegory is about online marketing, and how to avoid the pitfalls.
The one I am working on now is The Devil's Twins, which should be out before the year is done.

4. A bit about yourself
I am a California girl through and through, even though I have lived all over the country, my heart always brings me back. I have a son and two beautiful granddaughters.
I love to write. But then, I enjoy all that I put my hand to. I currently sing in the church choir, run the Children's Church ministry, as well as the Youth Group in our church. I will soon be starting an Aglow Lighthouse in our area. I like to stay busy doing the Lord's work.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Office Toy - Cleo Peitsche

Genre; Adult/Erotica/P*rn
Release Date; October 2012
Office Toy is an erotic MfMM (3 guys, 1 lucky gal) BDSM story of 8,400 words.

Elle’s job interview starts with Cunningham throwing away her cheap clothes and sending his assistant to buy new outfits. He’s got her naked, so of course he’ll lay her out on the conference table and claim her mouth. Soon Elle is trussed up, all of her holes stretched full while three hot men have their wicked way.

She loves her first tastes of liberated, naughty sex. But she’d better not start falling for her boss—no matter how safe he makes her feel—because while office sex is encouraged, romance is strictly forbidden.

This story contains explicit sexual content and graphic language that may be objectionable to some readers. For adults only.

This was not for me, this was to blatantly rude, now i read smut like its going out of fashion, but i like at least a bit of effort towards a story. This didn't, basically Elle goes for an interview unlike any other, it soon turns into alot of sex with alot of men.  I found the writing style bland and overall, felt like this didn't appeal for me, there was no real tension between the characters and even the lust wasnt that great. I hate to lowly score something but when it doesnt work for me - it just doesnt.
Rating ; 2/10

Sunday, 28 July 2013

The Sunday Post.

Welcome back to AfternoonBookery for the Sunday post, I hope you have all had a busy book based week, heres what i shared on my little blog;
As usual, it was busy over here, next week i hope to keep that up, i have alot of work one but i have plenty of prepped posts to keep you all going. Happy Sunday all!!

The original meme is here

Saturday, 27 July 2013

July Book Haul

Hi all, this month i have picked up a few books on a whim almost. So time to share;

1. Stephen King - The Shining I fancied something completely different to what i read, and this is def up there.
2. Lucy Diamond - Summer with my sister I am a huge fan of Lucy Diamonds books and when i spotted this in the library i had to check it out.
3. Bleeding Hearts - Ian Rankin I solely got this for the cover from the library, so far its okay, i havent read any books like this, so its a nice one to try.
4. Oz Collection 3 & 4 - L. Frank Baum - I have 1&2 so i am trying to finish the collection,  i havent read any so far, but the covers are beautiful
5. 1984 - George Orwell - Scott told me i would enjoy this, so i got it, again something different to what i usually read.
6. Before The Storm - Diane Chamberlain - One of my fav authors, so it wasnt obvious i would pick another of her books up, this is the one my mum is reading, so i jumped on the bandwagon.

Happy Saturday!!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Friday Reads

Hi everyone, just stopping in with a quick #fridayreads today!
I am currently reading 

Two completely different books, but both interesting!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Enraptured: Book Three in the Enslaved Trilogy (Enslaved Trilogy #3) - Shoshanna Evers (*)

Genre; Erotica
Release date; June 2013
The stunning conclusion to the red-hot Enslaved erotica trilogy finds a curious young beauty baring more than her skin…Lovely, blonde, and young, Jessica accepted a job at New York’s most exclusive BDSM nightclub to make ends meet...and to satisfy her curiosity. Nobody is more intriguing than the BAD boys—Billionaire Arrogant Doms—a trio of unbelievably rich and sexy men. Jessica willingly gets involved with the group, shedding her formerly shy persona to explore the limits of her own desire. But she isn’t sure how vulnerable she wants to be...until the one BAD Boy who never wants to fall in love again—the gorgeous, passionate, and unexpectedly tender Roman—takes an interest in her, and Jessica finds herself drawn deeper into his world than she ever expected

I enjoyed this, it felt like a quick read and a simpler version of the Cherise Sinclair novels. It was kind of a quick fix smut for me. I haven't read any of the series and enjoyed the novel as standalone, however i wish i had experienced others books in the series to get a more truer feeling of the characters. I did fall for Roman, in the way i fall for all dark brooding men in smut, its just a habit. I really liked Jessica, although i do prefer someone who stays independent, but i found her so likeable i kind of stopped bothering about that and thought, pft get spoilt, why the heck not.

Rating; 6/10

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Last Seal - Richard Denning

17th century London - two rival secret societies are caught in a battle that threatens to destroy the city and beyond. When a truant schoolboy, Ben, finds a scroll revealing the location of magical seals that binds a powerful demon beneath the city, he is thrown into the centre of a dangerous plot that leads to the Great Fire of 1666.
There is  a trailer here

You can read some other reviews here:

Richard Denning
Historical Fiction and Fantasy Author
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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Wicked Souls Feature


Imagine being told the life you thought you’d lived didn’t really happen. That your memories had been changed to protect you from evil.
Spencer Bishop is trying to remember who she really is. After being granted her memories back by an act of bravery, Aiden her true love and the Angels in Heaven try to get her to realize her true destiny and prevail over the evil that is set to destroy her and Heaven. 

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Wicked Souls is avaliable on amazon & b&n

Monday, 22 July 2013

Stark Trilogy - J.Kenner! Blog Hop & Giveaway

For fans of Sylvia Day & E.L James allow me to introduce you to J.Kenner!

"Finally, I write emotionally charged erotic romance as J. Kenner.  Book 1 & 2 of the Stark Trilogy,  Release Me, and Claim Me, are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. Book 3, Complete Me, is coming soon!"

I love erotic romance, and this is next to Sylvia Day in terms of my favourites and trust me, i have read alot. Stark is a beautiful, dark and determind man. Nikki is independent, stubborn and the perfect match for Damien. Both well written, enticing and full of drama the series just roles on in a perfect flow.  I loved this series and really think anyone who loved Gideon Cross a little bit, will fall in love with Damien. Now -lets review book 3 shall we.

This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.

Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close. Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss—and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both.

Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the  heat between us burning stronger each day.

Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come

What can i say - WOW! i wish i never finished this book, seriously. The last part of the series sees so much tension and drama that kept me page turning and well up past bedtime. This is such a well written series, that every single character involved is relevent, and not just a page filler. Nikki & Damien continued to be as frustrating as ever, but brilliant. I can only sing praise for this, being able to review this before release has being a highlight for afternoonbookery.  Damien is a strong man, but in this book we see some parts i never thought as a reader we would be allowed to. Brilliant, all round.

Rating; 10/10

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Sunday Post

Hi everyone, i have missed doing these the last few weeks, so i thought i would pop on in with a blog catch up for those interested in what has happened over the past week on afternoonbookery. It has been a busy one, im trying to keep on top of posts, throw in a mixed bunch and indulge in plenty of reading!

Last week on the blog
As you can see there is a right mix of posts and hopefully a bit of something for everyone. Happy Sunday.

The original meme is hosted by kimba here

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Author Interview #1 Robert D. Spake

1 Why do you write?

It's just become part of my nature now, you may as well ask me why I breathe. I haven't written all my life though. It started when I was 18. Slowly but surely the ideas kept coming and then I was flooded with them, and thankfully they haven't stopped. I write for many reasons. Partly it's because if I don't write these stories no-one else will, partly it's because I want to contribute to the world, partly it's because I have a burning desire to express myself and writing is the best way I know how to do that. 

2 What inspired you?

I don't think I was really inspired by anything. It just sort of happened that I was bored and had an idea and it went from there. Of course, as I've read more and been exposed to more of the world I have been inspired. I studied Philosophy at university and that opened my mind to a lot of possibilities, and I've traveled a fair amount and have been lucky enough to meet some great people who have sparked some ideas. I suppose the main idea that inspires me is that I want to inspire someone else! I love that feeling when you read a book and you think, 'wow, that's exactly how I feel, someone else understands' and I hope that somewhere someone will read my book and feel similarly. 

3. Your favourite thing you have written - book/scene/blog post?

That's a tough question! I'll have to think about that a bit. I'm very proud of my novel 'Fraudulent' that I just published. There's also a few poems that when I look over I think, 'did I really write that?!' particularly one that was inspired by Watchmen. But if I had to choose just one thing it would probably be a short story I wrote called Incestua, which is included in my short story collection 'I, Tomorrow? and Other Stories'. I really love Greek mythology and this was a little tribute to the Greek epics and I think, well, I hope, that I got the tone right so it feels quite authentic. 

4. A bit about yourself.

Let's see...I'm 27, I live in Southampton, England. I'm interested in most things, I think I'm pretty normal, I like watching movies and I read a lot. I like travelling and try to get away when I can. Most of my time is spent writing but my creativity isn't limited to that; I'm also in the process of designing a board game.

Thanks for the interview!

Robert D. Spake

Friday, 19 July 2013

A penny down the well - J.A Crook(*)

Genre; Horror
Release date; TOMORROW
In the second collection from horror author J. A. Crook, readers will be exposed to a myriad of harrowing tales from one of the most unique minds in horror today. "Down the Drain," is a story where Jared, a new renter at a low-class apartment, is subjected to the apartment's vile past, and is left to encounter the very mystery that terrorized the prior tenant.  "Their Last Ride" puts you behind the wheel with Clint, who has happened onto a position with the nearby funeral home, but becomes quickly aware of the harsh demands of driving the dead.  "A Penny Down the Well" will shock you as it explores a segment of a bullied child's life, and how a little wish enacts a revenge on his enemies in ways he could have never expected.  "The Wheezing Man" corrals you into the strange town of Glencoe, Kentucky, where the Quinn family decides to make a stop to avoid a coming storm, only to step into the very center of something much, much worse.  "Our Spirits Out West" will take readers along the old Oregon Trail with the Greyson party, to encounter adventure and hope which inevitably deteriorates into terror and helplessness, begging the question of what darkness we people will resort to in order to survive the worst of the world.  These five tales will thrill and horrify you from start to finish, certain to pervade your nightmares for years to come

This was an interesting read, to say the least. I firstly found the stories to be short enough to delve in and out of, all be it there were probably more suitable to someone younger than me, im thinking my brother would bloody love this. So, anyway, the stories are all completely different, my favourite was without a doubt "their last ride" . I found they all have a quick pace and get to the point of horror swiftly, and before you know it, the story is over leaving you with a mixed bag of feelings, usually a bit squemish and horrified. Whilst these didnt horrify me, they certainly left me a bit uncomfortable. I would reccomend this to a younger audience who like a bit of horror, somewhere just after the age of goosebumps and point horror. 

Rating; 6/10

Thursday, 18 July 2013

All Our Yesterdays Fan Book Trailer Comp

Author Cristin Terrill is getting ready to release her incredible debut Young Adult novel, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, from Disney-Hyperion and is giving readers a chance to be a part of the launch by creating fan trailers!
Interested? Here’s how to enter:
1. E-mail with your name, address and contact info. Be sure to enter ”All Our Yesterdays Book Trailer Contest” in the subject line. E-mails must be sent by July 20, 2013 so that  all entrants can be sent one advance reader’s copy with ample time to brainstorm and create a 30-60 second book trailer for All Our Yesterdays by the August 25, 2013 deadline.

3. Book trailers must be submitted to by August 25, 2013 (Entrants must be located in the United States). Cristin will pick her top choices, which we will feature on The New Book Network for fans to vote on their favorite.

4. One Grand Prize Winner will be announced on September 3, 2013 and will receive an annotated copy of All Our Yesterdays with special insights and secrets from Cristin, a sneak-peek at book 2, and some additional goodies and treats straight from Washington, D.C., where the story takes place!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Promise // Cover Reveal - C.E Wilson

What does it mean to be a human?
Lily Larkin is about to find out when on what should have been a day of great happiness, she is diagnosed with a rare and unbelievable disease.  She is shrinking, possibly without limit.
As her life starts to spin out of control and the world starts to grow around her at an uncontrollable rate she is forced to confront her greatest fear - losing the man whom she loved from the moment she saw him.  Can they stay together even though she feels her humanity slipping away?  Can she trust him with her secret and, as her disease progresses, her safety and even her life?  Can she trust herself?
A bittersweet story of love and loss, The Promise is a YA Paranormal Fantasy that will have you questioning the meaning of your own humanity and the weighing of trust against love.
What will Lily choose?
What would you choose?

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Take Me Now - Faith Sullivan

Title: Take Me Now (Take Me Now, #1)
Author: Faith Sullivan
Expected release date: July 16, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Ebook available at: Kindle | Nook ($2.99) 

Book Description:

How do you survive the internship from hell?

Don't fall in love.

Ivy thought being a reporter-in-training at the Independent Gazette would be her dream summer job. Little did she know, interviewing Eric, a landscaper with a heart of gold, would derail her plans. It turns out Ivy's boss, Lauren, has been eying his chiseled physique for quite some time.

But at twenty-four, Eric already has a tragic past, one that he is still reeling from. Even though his ordeal turned him into some sort of local celebrity, it's been a while since he's shared his bed with anyone. When he comes to Ivy's rescue out of the blue, it's not long before the two of them start seeing each other behind Lauren's back. When they get caught, Ivy's journey toward a college degree is jeopardized and her relationship with Eric is severely put to the test.

Career versus love? In the end, a shocking turn of events provides Ivy with a revelation she never saw coming.


If only I were open to the possibility of romance, but I’m not. There’s no way I can be. There are circumstances that can’t be wished away or ignored. My heart’s not ready—not yet. And while this absolutely gorgeous girl has wandered into my life, I’m not going to act on it. It’s too soon.

I stride into my shop, gently placing her on the counter. Her feet are bleeding and she looks like she could use a drink of water. She’s covered in dust from the road but she looks adorable sitting there. I don’t know what it’s like to be in a scenario like this with a girl. I’m used to things being straightforward and laid out before me. This looks like something I could get easily lost in if I’m not careful.

We still haven’t said a word to each other, and I hate to break the silence but it can’t be avoided. “Rest here a minute. I’ll be right back.”

Her hand lingers on my upper arm, her thumb massaging by bicep. I exhale heavily, trying desperately to clear my head. Her touch is stirring things inside me I haven’t experienced in quite some time. Emotions I never thought I’d feel again. “Thank you,” she whispers, her eyes never leaving mine.

“No problem,” I try to say as casually as possible. She’s looking at me like I’m her knight in shining armor and I don’t want her to get the wrong idea. I can’t go down that road again. I just can’t. My soul still isn’t fully healed from the last time. I can’t trust myself in these kinds of situations. I need to back away as gracefully as I can.

Other New Adult contemporary romances by Faith Sullivan! 
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Author Links: Blog | Amazon | Twitter | Goodreads

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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Leftovers - Stella Newman

Genre; Chick Lit
Release Date; April 2013
A novel about friendship, hope and the power of pasta from the bestselling author of Pear Shaped.

According to a magazine, Susie is a ‘Leftover’ – a post Bridget-Jones 30 something who has neither her dream man, job, nor home. She doesn’t even own six matching dinner plates.

According to her friend Rebecca, Susie needs to get over her ex, Jake, start online dating – or at least stop being so rude to every guy who tries to chat her up.

But Susie’s got a plan. If she can just make it the 307 days till her promotion and bonus, she can finally quit and pursue her dream career in food, then surely everything else will fall into place. If only her love life wasn’t so complicated…

A sharp, witty and refreshing novel about love, friendship and enjoying what's left on the table

Any book that bases its self about pasta is already a win in my eyes. After falling in love with Stella Newman i had to grab hold of this book, i think i picked it up on kindle for 99p, its fate. So, the story focuses around love, friendship & pasta recipes and a small amount of blogging. I love the writing style, its a chuckle, i found parts truthful & just a light hearted novel. It even has pasta recipes for cold Wednesday nights. It really is one for a dull wednesday afternoon (the book, not the pasta) to brighten up the afternoon and have you routing for Susie right until the end.

Rating; 9/10

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Once Upon A Tag - Anna Adams(*)

Genre;Short Stories
Release Date; April 2013
When David, a young French painter, unexpectedly meets Rita, an infamous Parisian street artist, his convictions are shaken to the core during a night he is unlikely to ever forget.

This is a very short but beautifully written story. Telling the story of one eventful night this story captures art in a beautiful way. The story was enjoyable and i was interested from the beginning. My favourite part however was the descriptive language used, it really was lovely.Whilst it was short, it was a great read for someone who wants a break from heavy books.

Rating; 8/10

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers

"Personally i prefer brown, slightly unruly all my glasswear comes from ikea or was borrowed from my local pub mousy brown"

A novel about friendship, hope and the power of pasta from the bestselling author of Pear Shaped.

According to a magazine, Susie is a ‘Leftover’ – a post Bridget-Jones 30 something who has neither her dream man, job, nor home. She doesn’t even own six matching dinner plates.

According to her friend Rebecca, Susie needs to get over her ex, Jake, start online dating – or at least stop being so rude to every guy who tries to chat her up.

But Susie’s got a plan. If she can just make it the 307 days till her promotion and bonus, she can finally quit and pursue her dream career in food, then surely everything else will fall into place. If only her love life wasn’t so complicated…

A sharp, witty and refreshing novel about love, friendship and enjoying what's left on the table

Monday, 8 July 2013

Riversong - Tess Thompson(*)

Genre; chick lit
Release date;  jan 2013
Author Tess Thompson assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life - even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief.

Lee Tucker is the kind of woman you find yourself rooting for long after the last page is read. When her husband commits suicide, he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of options, she escapes to her deceased mother's dilapidated house located in a small Oregon town that, like her, is financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start. Lee's resilience leads to a plan for a destination restaurant named Riversong, to new chances for passion and love, and to danger from her dead husband's debt as her business blooms.

A surprising mix of romance, humor, friendship, intrigue and gourmet food, Riversong entertains while reminding you of life's greatest gifts.

This was another great book, similiar to finding pride - a dramatic chick lit. Lee, is a beautifully written character who you can't help but route for after all life throws her way. Its a great story, in a lovely little town.  The characters we encounter along the way are equally well written, and i def felt involved in the story. The story is full of twists and turns and just when you think all the drama is gone, BAM - more! This was a perfect chick lit, summer read.

Rating; 8/10 

Friday, 5 July 2013

Secrets & Seduction - Cheri Blossum / Featured!

Janet met a nice guy online. Nothing prepared her for what happened next...

Secrets & Seduction is a fast paced and gripping read about strange relationships which abound on the internet. Through the main protagonist, Secrets & Seduction describes the blur of societal boundaries where catfish roam and BDSM seeps into mainstream. 

Written by a former adult entertainer of the 1990's, Cheri Blossum, Secrets & Seduction should no doubt be the next hit, a smashup of Dangerous Liaisons and 50 Shades.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Baby, You're as Sweet as 3.14159265 (101 Funny Love Advice Answers, 20 Sexy Stories, & Lots​ of Jokes) by Hog Wild (*)

Genre; Humor
Release Date; Oct 2012
WARNING: Content may not be suitable for people offended by naughty words, honest thoughts about love, and sexual thoughts of sextastic sex with sexy people. *

Former Washington Post columnist and author of the book “The Science of Single” Rachel Machacek wrote unsolicited glowing praise on her web site for HogWild’s style of dating-related humor, “This dude is HUL-arious. Seriously entertaining."

Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe wrote, "... made me spit-take! Very funny stuff, man... You are one funny dude. Thanks so much for the book; I really enjoyed reading it."

Award-winning stand-up comedian HogWild has collected his best jokes, stories, and hysterical dating advice from his New York City stage show and his popular video series to create an enjoyable read that will leave you laughing.

From the book...

The most important tip to dating on social networks is to avoid making the mistake of “liking” you own status.
Because when you "like" your own Facebook status it's like when you're having sex and you slap your own ass

A lot of girls like a guy who is a bad-ass. That’s why my conversations with women go like this:

GIRL: I like a man of danger.

ME: Come back to my place and we'll open the .exe attachments in my email!

This book was a laugh, thats the only way i can describe it. Its told in the format of an agony aunt column but with answers that would never in a million years be published but probably what everyone was thinking! Some of it was my humor, especially the geeky side of it (see the quote above). However, in some points, my humor wasnt appealed to, i know plenty of people would - i just didnt find myself giggling as much. Shame. It reminds me of panel shows and things, the jokes are funny but get a bit of acknowledgement. Overall, this was a nice easy read and once more, i flew through it in mere hours. I would easy reccomend this for a holiday read to share with others, reading it alone isn't the best way

Rating; 5/10

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Cicada Survival Guide (Volume 1) by M. Eigh (*)

Release date;  May 2013
How many cicadas does it take to bring down an elevator in an apartment building? Can a deadly cicada turn a Secret Service agent into a murderer? Why did a huge swarm of Brood II cicadas attack a CIA Deputy Director on the steps of the Capital Hill ... More importantly, were they carriers of something lethal?

Do you want to know why the government has launched a massive aerial insecticide spray in an attempt to wipe the cicadas out? Do you even know how to defend yourself with taser shakes? If you don't, better pick up a copy of "The Cicada Survival Guide" today.

For those brave enough, a victory can be celebrated with a feast on these bugs. Delicious and battle-tested cicada recipes included

This was a short read for me, and i read it in a matter of hours, afterwards i found myself stuck with the review. So, this for me - i didn't enjoy it. As a story i thought i could delve in, i found myself a bit unimpressed, however this would suit my brother to a tee! Bugs, spies and recipes, one happy 12 year old. I found that it would appeal to a younger audience than me, a 22 y/o smut reading female. I like to dabble in other books, i do but it was a shame this never worked. It's something i would reccomend to those with sons, who are between a child, less than a teenager. The story follows the Cicadas as they venture into the world, how to tackle them, and even how to cook them! It was just a shame i didnt fancy it.

Rating; 4/10

Monday, 1 July 2013

In My Mothers Footsteps - Forbes Arnone

In My Mother’s Footsteps by Forbes Arnone
Anela Alborn’s life is a lie. After growing up without the love of a father, her mother reveals his identity. Tragedy strikes and she sets off on an adventure that leads to more than she could ever imagine. Bumping into Christian Sivers distracts her from the real man of her dreams, her father. Will he live up to her dreams? And does she follow in her mother’s footsteps?

My brown, wooden, antiquated cottage sat on top of a hill in Sausalito. The shingles were bleached out from exposure to the sun’s rays. A beautiful, naturally-worn deck wound around the small chalet and gave me one of the best views in town. The bold, red peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge were visible through the light haze of fog over the ocean. With the hot sun working overtime to clear the sky, the fog always seemed to linger around the tops of the bridge. To my left, I could look down and see the rocky shore that the tourists often frequented. The slick brown and black seals liked to sunbathe on the boulders at the water’s edge. People would gather to take pictures or have lunch in one of the quaint restaurants that overlooked the choppy, aqua-blue ocean.
I had grown up in Sausalito my entire life. With the exception of when I went to Berkley, I hadn’t adventured into the city much. Sometimes, I'd take the ferry to Angel Island with my mountain bike and take leisurely rides or run the hills. I hadn't done that since I ran out of my mother's house, either.
Now that I had packed up all of her belongings — with the exception a few things I wanted to keep — I was exhausted. As I sat on the deck of my small cottage and stared out into the vast ocean, I felt anxious about the file that sat on my lap. Lennie had given it to me at his office three days before and I had yet to open it. The fear at what I'd find seeped in and turned my stomach.
Focusing my attention, I looked down at the folder and decided the time had come to face whatever was inside. My hands trembled as I lifted the two metal prongs and opened the flap. I tipped the folder upside down to empty the contents, finding the usual white sheets of paper that were full of legal jargon. How I wished I didn't know what they meant. Sifting through it all, I found a copy of the deed to the house, which stated that it had been transferred to my name. Also, there was the pink slip to my mother's car to be filled out and mailed to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and a small envelope with my mother's messy, artsy script on the front. One word had been written on it: Anela.

Author Bio--
Jennifer Garcia’s (aka Forbes Arnone) love of travel began when she traveled to the West Coast to visit her father at the age of three. Her home until she was sixteen was a small coastal town near Boston. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Her lifelong love for reading and writing was put aside for many years while she made her way in the world and nurtured her young family. Even though she is older, and life never seems to settle, she’s finding her way while attending college full-time in pursuit of a B.A. in English Literature. She also runs a business, and is still caring for her family. Believing she can do it all, with the help of her family, she worked on her first novel during the late hours of the night while balancing the rest of her life during the day. Her hard work paid off, as her first novel, My Mr. Manny, will be published August 2013.
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