Funny. Really like this clever little book with an interesting twist on the romantic comedy genre. It was fun getting inside Martin's head. It was lau...moreFunny. Really like this clever little book with an interesting twist on the romantic comedy genre. It was fun getting inside Martin's head. It was laughable and really nifty that Martin, the guy after the sex, turned out, in some ways, to be more authentic than Frances. I hope the author writes a sequel. Seriously.(less)
‘Sweet Violent Femmes’ is a collection of short, almost feministic, stories by emerging author and freelance short story writer Holly M. Kothe. Hallma...more‘Sweet Violent Femmes’ is a collection of short, almost feministic, stories by emerging author and freelance short story writer Holly M. Kothe. Hallmarks of her work are biting, incisive prose that is highly descriptive, conveys ambiance, in careful construction of scene and setting, which makes the outer world slide away. Soon the reader is vicariously living the life of a scary, confident, assertive heroine with a white hot virulent rage-on that won’t be sated (at least not until vengeance has been wrought). You won’t read these stories; you will experience these horrific little tales of debauchery, revenge, self-righteous anger, self-abuse, and female aggression directed at former victimizers. There is a dark and disturbing quality in the heroines of these pieces, which is highly reminiscent of the female protagonist in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. There is also a Poe-like poetic and disquieting feature, a willingness to take the road less traveled, minus the Hollywood ending, that is rarely seen among modern writers. The generally shocking and self-righteous, eye-for-an-eye ideology held by each of the female protagonists of the short stories may put some readers off. Tightly-paced, compelling, and deeply unsettling, aficionados of the genre, or courageous readers willing to sample new literary fare, will be seduced by Kothe’s writing, characters, settings and plots. ‘Sweet Violent Femmes’ will be un-put-downable for fans of the macabre and those who don’t mind anti-heroines who, for the most part, destroy themselves in wrenching retribution from unrepentant men. Kothe is most definitely a writer-to-watch.(less)
'Getting Over your Ovaries: How to Make the Change of Life Your Bitch' is informative, inspiring and entirely hilarious—I grinned, I giggled and then...more'Getting Over your Ovaries: How to Make the Change of Life Your Bitch' is informative, inspiring and entirely hilarious—I grinned, I giggled and then I laughed out loud. Written by an über talented, healthy, insanely busy, sexy author, fitness instructor and publicist in an entertaining and practical style, the book is entirely relevant for every woman expecting "orchids" AKA the change of life (and those expecting menopause in the next decade or so).
Terrified by the idea of this future “flower” delivery? This book will help you calm the farQ down about the arrival. Know nothing about the topic? This book is a veritable information age in itself. Terrified of dementia (from taking HRT/Hormone Replacement Therapy)? The antidotes and steps you can take to minimize or prevent that are described herein. Fearing body, skin, hair and hormonal changes that will rival puberty? Take a chill pill and read what-to-do about it in this book.
This tome is a course in advanced womanhood and it makes the unknown future less terrifying and more palatable, providing a set of tools to find (or gain) life balance. You’ll laugh as you make menopause/orchids "your BITCH” and deal with missing hormones, brain fog, ramped up fat cells, and other issues brought on by the change of life.
I loved the style of the book and the videos. Every female who wants to keep or regain her health, fit physique or youthful appearance, and wants the inside scoop on how to age with humor, grace, wisdom, increasing peace and beauty should read this book. Happy reading~* (less)
**spoiler alert** Filipino author C. D. Loza has written a strange, compelling and evocative novel which explores a recently dead teen's experience in...more**spoiler alert** Filipino author C. D. Loza has written a strange, compelling and evocative novel which explores a recently dead teen's experience in the after life and his parents continuing experience on earth.
This book is truly a gem for so many reasons. Though it appears that English is not the author's first language... the issues with tenses, or grammatical deviations, are hardly worth noting and did not detract from the read.
The story and descriptions are near riveting. Unlike many page turners, this story is deeply descriptive and will elicit emotion in the reader. The protagonists (primarily) are a recently dead teenage boy and his parents, who are alive and well on earth.
The author's prose is so rich and descriptive, that reading the book felt like a journey to Manila and the Philippines and the beauty of a particular lush and beautiful heaven. The countryside and conventions, dynamics and interactions, of family was well-described.
"She simply needed to survive the next minute and then the next, until the minutes became hours and the hours became days," writes C.D. Loza. This hauntingly beautiful sentence, describes the grief of the main character's mother and so much of this book is about grief, love and love lost and how that can ravage the human heart.
Some of the chapters I enjoyed the most are the forty-nine year old mother's experiences, largely solitary, as she grieves the death of her child and struggles to continue her life find her place in the world (having recently relocated to Florida with her extremely distant husband). This author has written an entirely believable female character, no easy feat.
In a certain sense, this book is about living and dying. It is the story of a mother and son, her distant husband, father to the boy, and their extended grasping, entangled family. It is partially set in "The City of Man," the capital city and the second largest city of the Philippines. This book is also a lovely exploration of what might come after death; I especially enjoyed the description of the book of life/life review, which the teen experienced after adjusting to his "first heaven." While some of the ideas of what comes after are unlike my own, and the teenage son exhibited an almost nihilistic anger at the creator, the universe, and life, the story was generally about healing one's relationship to reality.
C.D. Loza is one of those authors that, if he continues to write novels, will most certainly have a breakout novel and find his audience (whether than breakout novel is this, or another, book). Definitely a writer to watch.
'Gringa, Vol. #1' was a sexy, wild read--fast, very visual and wild bookish romp. Loved the pacing, characters/characterization, especially the heroin...more'Gringa, Vol. #1' was a sexy, wild read--fast, very visual and wild bookish romp. Loved the pacing, characters/characterization, especially the heroine, and the sassy, often smart-*ss, dialogue. Extremely visual, I could see it as a film (or television series). I really loved the conflicted and complex main character; she is oh, so strong and sassy, yet vulnerable. I read it on Kindle and the pace, dynamic action, seamy, often entirely hilarious, and very entertaining dialogue, made for the perfect forget about reality read. I liked the length; I appreciate a fast-paced serial novelette. I'm really looking forward to the next sexy, spicy, dark racy read and have already bought 'Gringa - In the Clutches of a Ruthless Drug-Lord Book 2' (Gringa Series) by Eve Rabi. I am very interested to see if the dark and disturbing, yet sexy, strong, Diablo and the blonde Payton end up together.(less)
It's a great book if you're excited from page one, and I WAS. I got so excited reading the prologue that I began freaking out because moi Kindle Paper...moreIt's a great book if you're excited from page one, and I WAS. I got so excited reading the prologue that I began freaking out because moi Kindle Paperwhite seriously needed to charge. I was out doing urgent errands and OMGosh I just had to finish the errands ASAP because I knew moi Kindle Paperwhite would shut down soon and I need to get to my laptop so I could read in the fabu~* Amazon Cloud. I could hardly wait to get some place where I could settle in and read because this book is INTRIGUING from the get-go. When you buy this book, be certain you are somewhere you can read undisturbed when you open it (and be certain your Kindle is charged). Seriously. The story is very well-written, sophisticated prose, without being slick and you will not know what is going to happen next. Maybe you see things coming a mile away, normally. Well, kiss that ability to predict plot with certainty good-bye because the author of this book will keep you guessing (and it will make you nervous and excite you terribly). The author skillfully handles transitions between characters--while they are in a dream state. This book is peculiarly good, in the sense that the read feels like the work of a Vonnegut or a Heinlein or the like; the book in no way reads like the work of first time author. Think mesmerizing, think engaging, think psychologically compelling. The characters in this book are on a journey where their unconscious and shadow reality realms, their own mysterious unknown natures and the secrets of reality, are bumping up against their actual waking actuality. This story is spooky, exciting and the read is entirely addictive. I got chills and that just doesn't happen (sure, I might feel fear reading certain books but #goosebumps on my neck and arms? that is the result of some really great writing). I admit that I love Jung's writing on dreams and have been dream journaling for around 15 years and so find dreams compelling but those interests aren't prerequisites for enjoying this seriously trippy, entrancing serial fiction. Plus there is a a romantic subplot that is thrilling and dreamy in it's own way--so heartfelt and authentic in feeling. The main characters are primarily students and the setting is primarily a university. If you are interested in a compelling and exciting read with heart, that you won't be able to put down, then this book is for you. Think #nightmare #dream #thrilling. I can't wait to buy and read Dream Doctor (Dreams, book 2). Happy reading~* (less)
If you believe that laughter IS the best medicine, and you're female and love zany, dry and sometimes over-the-top female wit, then you will love this...moreIf you believe that laughter IS the best medicine, and you're female and love zany, dry and sometimes over-the-top female wit, then you will love this book. This is one of those Kindle books that I will keep around--cause parts of life can be draining and Lord knows I need a good laugh now and then--and re-read just to entertain myself.
I laughed out loud so much reading this book (on the treadmill at the gym, reading on a Kindle) that I'm certain all of the testosterone-laden men, on their serious big-men manchines, thought I was a completely freaking crazy lady.
I loved all of the essays so much--I almost cried from laughing, more than once, at the gym. I couldn't stop laughing (and since some people don't know what an eReader is, and the Paperwhite is really skinny and blends in with the treadmill stand, I'm sure the guys thought I was schizophrenic). This read is just #toofunny and oh, so #heartful.
The toothpick story, the celebrity sex dreams, and the exchanges with the hubby were SO funny. I think the story '5 Lindas and a Tracy Lynn,' could be the inspiration for a hilarious chick-flick movie. So very much, laugh-out-loud funny and entertaining.
Linda S. Amstutz is riotously honest, naughtily funny, and clever as only a wry Southern woman, who writes on topics from planning one's own funeral to new conjugal bliss (and conjugal bliss ever-after, for that matter), and more much, with a deadpan, rapier wit could be.
I loved the essay/story about unbidden dreams of doing the naughty, with a sexy celebrity, it was hilarious and entirely delicious.
Keep in mind, this book isn't just funny. I also cried while reading it, more than once--the essay on body image and self-love was so poignant and meaningful, really beautiful powerful writing that flowed. If you're a women, or love women, you will love this book.(less)
I admit that I'm heart-centered (you may call that sappy) and my book tastes are all over the genre map, yet I loved, loved, loved the first book in t...moreI admit that I'm heart-centered (you may call that sappy) and my book tastes are all over the genre map, yet I loved, loved, loved the first book in this series, so I was curious to see where author J. J. DiBenedetto would go with the second Dream series book.
In this book Sara and Brian are newlyweds, Brian is finishing college and Sara is in her first year of medical school. The author has a tremendous ability to create a real mood and ambiance. The story is detailed and realistic, so reading it feels like living the story.
For Brian and Sara, in addition to the normal stresses of relationship, school, and family, Sara is dreaming of someone in jeopardy... again. This book works well as a standalone novel, but you may find that you are curious about the first book (and elements of the second book will be more grounded for the reader who has read the first book).
This book alternates scenes and dreams. In the previous book the dreams felt very much like falling into an altered state of consciousness, dreamy, fragmented, and deliciously disjointed in the ways that dreams normally are. In this second book, the dreams were more straightforward so I enjoyed them a teensy bit less.
That said, book two is a well-written magical and intriguing modern mystery, more a who is trying/planning to do it (as against a whodunit), with a rich, satisfying romantic subplot.
The author is naturally gifted at writing nuanced prose that makes the reader FEEL and creating meaningful characters; managing multiple characters is a difficult feat in a large ensemble cast.
I cried at the end of this book. The true love between the main characters and their humanity, revealed as they support their family and friends in the course of the story, and get a very happy, and much desired, surprise is truly beautiful.
Get me right, though. This is a satisfying contemporary mystery, though the focus of the story is the mystery of the human heart (as the main characters navigate the love of family, romantic love, and loving kindness which they express to friends and people in general).
This was hot, sexy and just what I need to heat up and wind down at the same time (coz I love to lose myself in a fast-paced, sensual read)I loved the...moreThis was hot, sexy and just what I need to heat up and wind down at the same time (coz I love to lose myself in a fast-paced, sensual read)I loved the mystery, twists and turns, and regular plot surprises in this sexy, thrilling read--was really surprised by the ending. I read the delicious, sexy and wildly entertaining book over a couple days--skipping work one day--because I needed a little mind candy, to get away from it all--without traveling--and this author ALWAYS delivers. With any of Eve Rabi's book, I can count on a read that satisfies and is a page-turner (and almost always a serious turn-on). Literally reality drops away as her well-drawn complex characters, the scenes and setting, mesmerize me. This book is hot and super sexy; it's a perfect holiday, evening wind-down over wine, or anytime read. This is the kind of book you read and save for the next time you need a mind candy fix. A few minor typos do not interfere with the read. This book is endearing and tender, hot and sexy, shocking and nuanced, oh-so-funny, wild at heart, has its horrifying moments, is true to real life, and very magical in places. In reading, you will vicariously: go on adventures, fall head-over-heels in love and lust, have hot, deeply satisfying sexcapades with the rugged, loving man of your dreams, be or feel betrayed, lose the love of your life, be manipulated, feel torn, have your eyes opened to the evil in the people closest to you, and ultimately regain the love of your life (and be protected, cherished and avenged). I recommend all of this author's books; a personal fave series is: GRINGA - In the Clutches of a Ruthless Drug Lord (Books 1-4). But I also love both of the Palace series book: DECEPTION - A Palace Full of Liars (book 1) (Deception Series) and book 2. Happy reading~*
I loved this satisfying sexy, romantic, entirely engaging and often laugh-out-loud funny read from Eve Rabi. It, like all of her work, had quirky, fas...moreI loved this satisfying sexy, romantic, entirely engaging and often laugh-out-loud funny read from Eve Rabi. It, like all of her work, had quirky, fascinating characters involved in a plot that was by turns upsetting and entirely exciting. Her very visual work is fast-paced and perfect to while away hours. I read this at the gym and my treadmill time flew by. I loved the character of Henna and I can't wait to read what happens in book two: . Happy reading~*(less)
I totally breathe more fully, feel more relaxed, aligned and myself when I follow the simple, deeply healing yoga practice in this fabulous little boo...moreI totally breathe more fully, feel more relaxed, aligned and myself when I follow the simple, deeply healing yoga practice in this fabulous little book. I must say that I loved the photographs, both the photos to illustrate yoga poses as well as the original bright art by the author. The art was uplifting and a beautiful way to illustrate a nice little yoga guide. A long-time fan of yoga, it was AWESOME~* to see poses that I have never done with a class or DVD or video (one was the playful and truly healing Dolphin).
The best part, for me, was one that it was not too long (enough poses, and long enough, to be challenging but not enough to bore or exhaust me) and that it had the pictures. It felt like the author was there, like a girlfriend by my side, encouraging me to do the poses and illustrating how to do them. I admit, I read my copy in the Amazon Cloud Reader... my beloved Kindle is a Kindle Paperwhite and doesn't do well with large graphics or these type of books. The book looked great on the cloud, though--and when I get a tablet, I'll get the fabulous *FREE* Kindle app and read/use this book that way, too! #yogabody #selfloving Namaste~*
*Update: WOW--got a Zenithink C93 tablet so doing yoga with this book is even more fabulous (in color, on a larger screen). This is what I'll take for yoga/exercise when I travel, too (a DVD is too much trouble/takes up too much space). LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this little yoga book. xox(less)
I really like this fantasy story about a family from another realm, with a royal heritage, forced to fight for their kingdom. Jewels, a magical kingdo...moreI really like this fantasy story about a family from another realm, with a royal heritage, forced to fight for their kingdom. Jewels, a magical kingdom in another dimension, a family of interesting characters, secrets, magic, witching, articulate talking animals, and a battle for the ages await you in this fanciful read. The children of the in-hiding royal family of Gammalon struggle to believe the secret of their royal heritage, when they are catapulted into another world and an adventure of epic proportions. Loved the fanciful creatures, the enchanting flora and fauna, warriors and evil villains who are worthy adversaries, in this rich read. Although I didn't like the overt exposition in the narrative, some of which I also found too wordy, the story is quite magical and the author's love of the written word evident. Bronwyn is my favorite character. This is truly a bewitching read and if you ❤ a mystical, mythic and dramatic family tale and adventure, you'll ❤ 'Dynasty O'Shea!' Happy reading~* (less)
"But, there are no more tears for what isn't any more," ~Lori Osterman (2012-10-04). 'Rescue me' (Kindle Location 62). Createspace. Kindle Edition.
Joy...more"But, there are no more tears for what isn't any more," ~Lori Osterman (2012-10-04). 'Rescue me' (Kindle Location 62). Createspace. Kindle Edition.
Joy. Love. Longing. This book brought forth all kinds of feelings as I read it. I don't read poetry, yet had read some of Osterman's blog and had cried so I knew that her work could and would touch me. So I got the eBook and read it to my heart and inner self. A meditation and an experience... and, in moments, a bit like reading the private journal of another person. Beautifully dissonant and evocative, I loved the way the mostly irregular sentence structure and punctuation variation reminded me of discordant piano compositions. There was a bit of rhyme, which was less resonant for me. The poems took me into my body and feelings of love and loss and hope. Then a flow of feelings and thoughts rippled through me. It is a rich book which means happily, unlike so many creative works, I will reread - feel my way through - and enjoy 'Rescue Me' again and again. Beautiful. Sad. Lovely. This book of poetry made me want to fall in love again. (Ps. This was my review from Amazon, bought the Kindle book, but am adding it here as well). (less)
**spoiler alert** "They never advertised the hidden corruption that was rampant in the casinos, on the corner bar, in the strip clubs... everywhere. S...more**spoiler alert** "They never advertised the hidden corruption that was rampant in the casinos, on the corner bar, in the strip clubs... everywhere. Someone always had a hand in a pocket somewhere. Dirty dealings were the norm..." ~Lucky Sevens
I love a good thriller and a sexy setting, with well-drawn characters, and seriously fast pacing only adds to my enjoyment of the read.
Lucky Sevens is a character driven thriller set against the smutty sin city backdrop. Former Navy Seal and casino security guard Lucky Luchazi is tortured, by his addiction to booze and the ghost of his former boss, father figure Charles Vega, who plummeted to his death from his casino penthouse apartment.
Now Lucky is barely able to hold onto his job and reality. Then things go from bad to worse when his ex-girlfriend Brooklyn, a naive stripper, whom Lucky still loves, is hired by Eddie Zeder, the mouthpiece and son of the wealthy absentee casino owner, who is a known womanizer and abuser.
Realistic flawed characters, each with their own desperate drives and ambitions, in a plot that well-illustrates the shadow of humanity (addiction, voyeurism, murder, violence, crime, black magic, and using/abusing others). The bodies are piling up. By the time magician's assistant Shea Stone takes a swan dive off a casino balcony, Lucky is determined to look out for Brooklyn, who is moving up in the Las Vegas entertainment scenes and has been hired to participate in the magic act at the casino's nightly show.
The seriously fit, handsome, brawny ex-SEAL, Lucky is also increasingly curious (as curious as he can be given that he's a functional alcoholic whose main ambition in life is maintain his perpetual buzz) about what is really going on at the Saints and Sinners Casino. Struggling to fight his main personal demon, a penchant for the emotion relief brought by hard liquor, to escape his emotional pain, Lucky determines to "get to the bottom of all the hush-hush going on around" at Saints and Sinners Casino. Then top casino act star magician Chris King is burned in an accident, and goes into a coma, which may have been a set-up. Because, the minute King is hospitalized, crazed addict and woman beater, Eddie Zeder sets about seducing Brooklyn into starring as the headliner in a brand new sexual fantasy show involving simulated sex acts and sadomasochistic on-stage rituals.
Smitten with his good looks, faux charm, money and power, and caught up in a fantasy about having "made it" in Vegas, Brooklyn refuses to believe Lucky's dire warnings about Eddie Zeder. And then things get really interesting.
Lucky Luchazi starts to figure things out, who's behind recent murders and the extent of Zeder's evil, but just when he discovers the evidence he needs, to put Eddie Zeder away forever, he's caught, beaten, tied up and dumped in the desert to die. Meanwhile, Zeder has Brooklyn in his grasp at last. Will Lucky find his way back to Saints and Sinners in time to save Brooklyn, or, as she's always insisted that she can, will Brooklyn take care of herself?!
It's down to the wire and you'll have to read the book to find out what happens. Three parts zany or horrifying evil characters, obsessed with achieving their goals and dreams and one part surreal, Lucky Sevens is a sex and drug crazed sin city escapade, with a page-turner of a plot that is unputdownable.
Some of my favorite exchanges between characters in this book were those between Lucky and the ghost of Charles Vega, his former boss, mentor and father figure. Although this is a thriller, the book has some truly comedic moments.
The characters are well drawn and the plot moves fast. Like Sin City itself, this book has a curious, almost seductive attraction for the reader--that makes "Lucky Seven" a compelling read. Think sexy, fast-paced and dizzying desert heat. Happy reading~*(less)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed 90% of this book... right up until the ending. The ending felt hurried, stuck on, expositional, and was a huge disappointm...more**spoiler alert** I enjoyed 90% of this book... right up until the ending. The ending felt hurried, stuck on, expositional, and was a huge disappointment. The prose throughout the book was generally less polished than one would expect with a Legacy published book. The story was largely interesting and then came the ending. The ending was a telling, not showing, and very much a Deux Machina, in the sense that the author has another main character explain away the entire story... the good part didn't happen, it was a figment of the primary adult character's distraught imagination. The expository chapter, that did not satisfactorily explain everything, was the least well-written and believable of the book. It all felt terribly contrived and was a huge disappointment. The ending dropped the book from being a 4 star book to 1. My only consolation is that I checked out the eBook from the LAPL e-Media collection. I would have been heartsick, upon reading the ending, if I had spent $10 on this book. You, however, may like the story including the ending. I did not. Happy reading~*(less)