Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Top5Wednesday #2: I can't remember...

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started on Goodreads. You can check out the group and keep an eye out for the topics here.

This one's supposed to be a funny topic, so we shall see... ^.^


Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don't really remember...

Remember My Name
5. Remember My Name
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4. Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1)
 While I do remember this one, I can't remember much about the read of the series other than the first one was the best.

Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom #1)

3.The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #1)
 I read the first 4 in this series, and never really cared about it.

The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles #1)

2.Parsifal's Page (The Squire's Tales, #4)
While I remember loving this one, I never read the rest of the series (as at the time I didn't realize it was part of a series.)

Parsifal's Page (The Squire's Tales #4)

The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1)
1.My 3rd grade teacher read this, but I can't remember anything about it other than they were little people.

The Borrowers (The Borrowers #1)

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Blogtour: When a Stranger Comes




Fantasy / Suspense
Date Published: September 17, 2017

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Satisfying one's greed can come at a devilishly high cost.

Achieving what you crave can also bring the terrifying fear of losing it. For Alexa Wainwright, this truth has become her nightmare. Born Gladys Lipschitz, the daughter of an unwed Soviet-era Jewish immigrant, she was beyond thrilled and amazed when her debut novel, A Foregone Conclusion, soared to number one on the bestseller’s list and became an international sensation. The accompanying fame and riches were beyond her expectations. Unfortunately, her subsequent work has yet to achieve the same reception by critics and readers. Yes, they have sold well based on her name recognition, but she dreads the possibility of becoming a mid-list author forgotten and ignored. She vows to do whatever it takes to attain the heady ego-stroking success of her debut. But is she really?

Witnessing an out-of-the-blue lightning bolt whose giant tendrils spread over the blue sky and city streets below her loft window, Alexa doesn’t realize just how this vow will be tested as she’s magically transported to an alternate reality. In this universe, the characters from her books are given the breath of life and she meets publisher, King Blakemore, who just might be the Devil himself. At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong. But all too soon, Alexa realizes she’s trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape. For starters, she finds herself in an iron-clad book contract that changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole. Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence. She’s also aided by the forces for good who attempt to help her. However, King Blakemore is cleverer and more powerful than she can begin to understand. Playfully, he decides to give Alexa a second chance to save herself from eternity with him and to be free. He offers her the prospect of a rewrite, as most authors do as part of the writing process. Given this chance, will Alexa make the same choices and the same mistakes again?

Review: I loved reading this one! It grabbed my attention from the start, and held me in suspense throughout the story! Magical realism with supernatural elements! This one was different from other books I have read, and I was impressed with it's originality!

About the Author




I get so much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind. Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, or while driving the car, or at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It's a mystery this business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled.


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WoW #4: Jan 17 2018

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.


What are you currently reading?
Recoil (Recoil Trilogy, #1)

Wormwood (Wormwood #1)
The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) 

What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?

Refuse (Recoil Trilogy, #2)

Refuse (Recoil Trilogy #2)

Flames from the North (The Otherworldly Operatives, #1)



Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn, #1)


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Recoil

29909674 Recoil by Joanne Macgregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real.

Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.

Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.

She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.

Recoil is the first book in a Young Adult dystopian romance trilogy, and makes great reading for lovers of Rick Yancey (The Fifth Wave), Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games), and Veronica Roth (Divergent).


Blogtour: The Search for Diego







Historical Fiction
Date Published: July 10, 2017

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Without food or water, and with a child strapped to his back, William MacLeod searches for a way across the Mohave Desert in search of a route to the land called Alta California. But he is not welcomed by the ruling forces, and when his son is abducted by a fanatical priest, who believes the child’s soul is in danger, MacLeod finds himself confronted at every turn by autocratic officials in his search for his son in this vast empty land.



Across his path are thrown two women, one having been cast from her home by her family, and living in a stick and tule hovel, the other a beautiful young woman taken off the streets of Vera Cruz, who now lives among the elite of Alta California’s society. And standing between MacLeod and the end of his search is a Frenchman, who believes every challenge to his honor must be met by force.



If he is to find his son and return with him to his home in Boston, MacLeod must discover a way to overcome these challenges while staying out of the hands of the authorities.
Review: An entertaining read! While this is a historical fiction, it's also about a journey. William MacLeod travels to California, but the end of his journey is only the beginning of his problems! When I started this one I didn't know it was part of a series, but I had no trouble getting into this story.

About the Author

E. Paul Bergeron is the author of historical novels covering the period of American history, between 1821 and 1870 in the Pacific Southwest.  His “Land in Turmoil” series depicts a time of significant change when this part of America went from Spanish rule through Mexican independence and annexation by the United States.

The author was born in the little French Canadian town of Mascouche, Quebec. Some years later they moved to Southern California where he became interested in the string of missions that were built in order to civilize the Indians and develop the country.

The author now lives in Hayden Lake, Idaho.


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