Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Girl Who Heard Demons by Janette Rallison

From Goodreads:
Shy Adelle Hansen hears demons, but she’s determined to make friends at her new high school by keeping her ability secret.

When she overhears supernatural voices celebrating the impending death of the school quarterback, Levi Anderson, she knows she has to do something to prevent it. However, the demons aren’t the ones plotting; they’re just celebrating the chaos, and Adelle must contend with earthly forces as well if she wants to preserve Levi’s life.

Handsome, popular Levi doesn't appreciate Adelle’s self-appointed role of guardian angel. As Adelle battles to keep him safe, she’ll have to protect her heart, too. Can she do both?

My Take:
I have to admit I've had this one o my kind for a while. I think I picked it up for free by voting for it on Kindle Scout. Anyway, the only downside I can think of for this story is the fact the cover didn't seem to match the story. When I scrolled past it on my carousel, the cover didn't suck me in. I couldn't remember what the story was about so I kept scrolling.

However, when I finally opened it, the first sentence caught my attention.

"The demons came again during the night."

Ralston introduces us to Adelle quickly. The fact she is more afraid of the possibility of robbers than the whisperings of demons is interesting to say the least. I immediately had a good feel for her personality, and soon learned to feel for the direction her life had been moving.

Contrary to what you may be thinking, Adelle is quite spiritual. Even though she doesn't understand why she can hear demons, and why her efforts to help others overcome the constant destructive voices only makes her life miserable, she keeps her faith in good. Her hope that she can make a difference is what keeps her speaking up even though she knows its safer to keep quiet.

Here's another great line--"Maybe I wasn't the weird girl because of demons. Maybe I was just hopelessly awkward."

Levi might be a little on the arrogant side, but deep down he's a good guy. He's working through his own issues--a growing concern about this father and the secrets he keeps. He tries to shrug it off, but the more time he spends with Adelle the harder that becomes.

The romance is cute and different enough to feel fresh. They are drawn to each other but still try to keep things on the friend level. At least that's what they keep telling themselves they should do. Adele doesn't want a relationship with someone who thinks she's crazy. Levi just can't decide. Is she crazy or a savant? He's much more comfortable thinking she's a brilliant modern-day Sherlock Holmes than the fact she might actually hear demons taunting people.

I loved the paranormal aspect, the suspense, and the romance elements. I give this a 4.5

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

#IWSG May the 4th Be With You


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

First, happy May the 4th day!

Let me tell you I'm wishing for some kind of magic of my own today. Whether it be the force, natural magic like Talia, or wand magic like Harry Potter, I don't really care. Something I could use to get my house clean and enforce the rules about NOT eating in the living room. :)


As for my insecurities...

I'm so sick of being tired and wondering when I'll feel like myself again. Hubby and I have worked our way through almost two years of major life stress. For the most part we've put on the happy face and done our best, but prolonged stress will knock anybody down. On tope of it all, now I've got a 16 year old who has quit school. We pushed her through the GED program at least so she has that. However, now she thinks she can just sit at home and do nothing.

There just isn't anything left emotionally for me to sit down and write. I miss it. At night I dream about sitting and writing and finishing the three stories hiding in the shadows of my mind. Yeah, they're hiding.

Every once in a while I'll catch a glimpse of those characters. When I beg them to come out and play the men won't look me in the eye, and a few of the women might have cried.

My insecurity is more like terror. If I don't get to write soon I'm going to go insane. As it is I feel lost in my own life. It's not a good feeling.

The plan?

First, keep praying for strength.  I know God has a plan for all of us. He's always there to lend his strength when ours has run out. I simply have to keep doing the best I can and trust in Him to make up the difference.

Second, keep walking and running. I had already started, but to make sure I don't quit, I signed up for the Country Music Marathon in April 2017. It will take all year to build up my miles, but I can do it. Right?? If nothing else, maybe I'll finally drop the weight, sleep better, and regain the ability to focus.

Third, find a few days to run away with my hubby. It's been too long since we've done anything relaxing. Even longer since we got away overnight without the kids. Maybe a couple days of not being Mom would help me find myself again. I do have a name after all, and I had dreams and goals before I had children. As much as I love them, they won't always be here and I need to know what comes after they all leave.

So, when you get stressed out do you want to run away? Where would you run to?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Release The Independent One by Cami Checketts

I am so thrilled to announce the release of The Independent One: A Billionaire Bride Pact Romance.


Find it on Amazon * Goodreads



Haley Turnbow escapes to the tropical Isla del Sol for an ideal vacation with her five-year old. She doesn’t plan on the resident ghost stalking her and the island’s fine-looking owner drawing her in with his confident, fun personality.

Cal Johnson is king of his own island, happy and busy. A beautiful mom and her wild little boy flip his world upside down. He falls in love with both of them knowing they’re going to leave at the end of their vacation and he might not recover from the loss.

Can these two independent adults trust their hearts or is it not worth the risk?


Excerpt:
A tall, well-built man swept in before Haley could reach Taz and easily lifted her boy into his arms.

“Hey, bud, you’re not supposed to do flips on this staircase, that’s for the diving board.”

Taz laughed and Haley’s heart slowed a few beats. “Taz,” she cried out.

The man turned with her son and she noticed dimples and blue eyes, but she could only focus on her boy. Taz launched himself into her arms. Haley held him close, inhaling the baby lotion he kept claiming he was too old for. She took several long breaths as she tried to reassure herself he was
okay. 

Their rescuer turned to the older couple. “Are you both all right?” he asked.

“Oh, sure,” the man said, his arm around his wife’s waist. They were a darling couple, dressed to the nines with her hair perfectly coiffed and his hair missing.

“Is the little boy okay?” the woman asked, patting her hair.

“I think so,” Haley said. “I’m so sorry he hit you.”

“No, dear, I’m just fine.”

Haley nodded, grateful for their graciousness. She checked Taz for injuries. He had some rug burns on his face and elbow, but thankfully only the one on his elbow was bleeding. “Oh, bud, you scared me! Do you hurt anywhere?”

“Nothing ‘cept my endbow.” Taz held up his arm for her to see. “Kiss it?”

Haley laughed shakily and kissed near the ouchy spot. “We’ll find you a Band-aid.”

“A Ninja Turtle one?” Taz’s dark eyes lit up. He covered himself in Ninja Turtle Band-aids quite regularly. 

The man with the dimples turned back to her as the older couple wished them well and headed down the hallway to the shops. He placed a warm hand on her back. “Ma’am, can I take him from you? You’re shaking like a belly dancer.”

Haley laughed, but clung tighter to Taz. This was her little man and she wasn’t about to hand him over to some stranger—she couldn’t resist looking the man over—no matter how intriguing the contrast between his dark hair and skin and his deep blue eyes. “I have specialized belly dancer
training so it’s okay.”

His dimples deepened. “Nice.”

“Thank you for your help Mr…”

“Johnson.” He kept his arm on her back and wrapped his other hand around her elbow. His hands were strong and warm and she couldn’t help but notice how nicely he smelled, a great combination of musk and man. “Come up to my office so I can check both of you out.”

Haley bristled. The only men she let tell her what to do were her dad and her brother. Scratch that, the only men who ever tried to tell her what to do, but failed, were her dad and her brother. She shook him off. “Sorry, not going to some strange dude’s office and nobody needs to check me out.”

He laughed. “My apologies, ma’am, but I’ve already checked you out.” He pumped his eyebrows and she was struck by the fact that he was much too attractive and much too friendly.

_____

I had the privilege of pre-reading this for Cami. There will be a full review post of it on my new review blog in another week or so--Bedside Table Reviews. However, today I'll just tell you that I really enjoyed it. There was good tension from the mystery as well as between the two characters. Taz really made the whole story though. Fun and the perfect glue for these two people.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

#AtoZchallenge Z is for Zeus and Zeta Orionis


This year it's all about the science!

Yay! I made it even with all the mishaps this month. If you've visited, commented, and I haven't made it to your blog yet this month, please let me know so I can return the favor!

Z is for Zeus and Zeta Orionis--
Most of us know who Zeus is, but the video is cute so I had to share it. Also, Zeta Orionis is a star on the eastern side of Orion's belt, which gives me good reason to talk about Orion. :)

First, a refresher on Zeus.


And now, listen how Zeus is linked to the Orion Constellation.


Whew! I made it in spite of myself again this year. I hope all of you had fun learning about various things scientific. Granted I stuck pretty much to astronomy related topics, but there is so much out there to learn about!

For today, leave a comment telling me what your A to Z topic was and a link to your blog. I still have some catching up to do visiting blogs and I'd like to start with visiting YOURS!

Thanks everyone!

Click on the link to visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge. I'm currently #526

Friday, April 29, 2016

#AtoZchallenge Y is for Yellow Dwarf


This year it's all about the science!

Y is for Yellow Dwarf--
There are several different types of stars, but today we will just talk about the yellow dwarf. Our sun is a yellow dwarf. Check out the videos on stars!







Click on the link to visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge. I'm currently #526

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