Crazy Cat Lady

Right from the start the creeps come out heavy and then quickly set into gore.

The Crazy Cat Lady has a witty and entertaining feel to it, even through the chilling moments.

A few friends decide to check out the town’s very old house, and to hear them tell it, where the crazy cat lady once lived. Convinced the house is no longer inhabited or even habitable, they go on about their explorations. Little do they know the horror that waits for them.

The author takes us back to the time of Davina Honeycutt, a midwife familiar with the use of herbs and natural remedies. While she is doing what she knows best something goes wrong and she is blamed. The town people of her time mistake her for evil. They form a “Frankenstein” style posse to get rid of the old house where she lives and all the evil that resides with it.

The story continues on to discover a blood connection with Davina. Through terror, loss and more investigation, the true evil becomes obvious. How to get rid of it becomes the question.

The Crazy Cat Lady had me with the title and cover, being a cat lover myself. It looks frightening and it is. I guess I can…. let the cat out of the bag…. that it’s not so far-fetched to think of dying alone and being eaten by my cats.

And, that’s not even a spoiler! It’s more of a warning how creepy and horrific it gets.

Kitty de’ Chatou (Honeycutt) and yes the same as in the book, points to real life connections in her fiction tale making it even more interesting. There are photos of mentioned places in the story including a photo of the real house where “the crazy cat lady” lived.

There are no sexual situations but the language and gore make this a mature read.

I enjoyed reading this chilling novella.

TITLE: Crazy Cat Lady
RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2018
AUTHOR: Kitty De’ Chatfou
PAGE COUNT: 72
ISBN: 978-1984927071
IMPRINT: Dark Serpent
GENRE: Horror/Occult

A horrifying look into what happens when nature is misunderstood and an old crone that harmed no one is now out for revenge.

BOOK  DESCRIPTION/SYNOPSIS:

In 1962 they thought she was dead, all they had to do was burn the old house down with her and those damnable cats in it and everything would be normal again. No more odd antics from the Crazy Cat Lady no more death. But what they didn’t realize is there was much more to her relationship with her beloved cats than met the eye. Love, trust, and the bonds of a mother to her children all played a part to the insanity the town people thought raged within the crone’s mind.

It’s now 2018 and the stories have not ceased. Instead it seems the legend of the ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ have grown more horrifying than ever before prompting the local children to take a visit. Most have only come within a few feet of the old half burned house. They would stand, staring at the place, watching the creepy cats mill about the area, climbing along porch railings meowing plaintively. But three high school boys decide to take it a bit further one night which begins a horrifying look into what happens when nature is misunderstood and an old crone that harmed no one is now out for revenge.

~Meet The Author~

Kitty Honeycutt is the single mother of an amazing daughter whom she currently home school’s. She is a publisher for over 100 authors, a writer, an entrepreneur, a singer and an animal and human rights activist.

Her household is comprised of various creatures that include, but are not limited to:

Two Chihuahua’s (Lobo) & (Tinkerbell) Thirteen cats (Merlin), (Pandra), (Salem), (Mythian), (Sabrina), (Austin), (Mestofelees), (Sage), (Zoey, aka Jadis), (Willow Pixie), (Totoro aka Tiny), (Clementine) & (Sandy) Five fish, (Pumpkin), (Thing 2), & (Orca the Oscar Fish) One Ball Python, (Dragon), Four Bearded Dragons, (Rexie), (Chubby aka Kingsley), (Samantha) & (Georgia) One Crested Gecko, (Copper) Two Uromastyx, (Mary) & (Elizabeth) Two Aquatic Turtles, (Purple) & (Myrtle) and eleven babies that have yet to be named. One Desert Tortoise, (Bubble).

*As you can see she is also a part-time zoo-keeper.*

She sometimes writes under the pseudonym Kitty ‘de Chatfou and her book “Pray For Hell” is due out later this year 2018, and will be her second published work.

EMAIL: author.kitty.honeycutt@gmail.com

AUTHOR LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/authorkdhoneycutt/

AMAZON US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079ZJPPTR

AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079ZJPPTR

AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079ZJPPTR

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Age Warfare by Juan Carlos Cantú

 Age Warfare by Juan Carlos Cantú

Enthralling Dystopian Novel

Thrilling. Intriguing. Captivating.

Age Warfare could be considered one of the most frightening books I’ve read. It is fiction yes, but drawing out real possibilities for the future (or the lack of one) of our human race. The message may be bleak, just the same it could serve as a warning, and one that should be heard by all.

I would not call this book a light read. The subject matter is very deep and serious. Although a fiction novel, Age Warfare is a textual of what the world may be like in forty years or less. Juan Carlos Cantú deals with the breakdown of our ecosystem, the world’s financial stability, and a social collapse.

The characters are introduced, showing age and generation, along with the concerns of each group. The only thing the characters have in common is the situation of the world in which they reside together. A severe division exists between generations, and in a sense creating a segregation based on terms entirely different from race, creed, and religion.

From first reading the description for Age Warfare, I knew this was a must read. While the subject matter is dark and disheartening, the author has developed a wonderful novel with great detail. Foot notes are provided and the author ingeniously writes a compelling theory with creative language and labeling.

I loved this book. I hate the thought this might be true.

Product Details :
File Size: 1618 KB
Print Length: 312 pages
Publisher: JUAN CARLOS CANTU;
1 edition (August 29, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00EVIWV9U
AGE WARFARE

Book Description Product Marketing

A social movement pushing for change brews in the United States. The crushing difference between the appalling conditions the younger generation (called limiters) have to endure and the opulent lifestyles of the older folks (called precollapsers) is increasingly unsustainable. The year is 2053, and the compulsive use of technology has molded human interaction, behavior, and learning capabilities, degrading them to a level which decades earlier would have been thought of as pathological. The world is mired in ecological crisis, as the governments around the world intrusively impose regulations aimed at moderating energy consumption growth in an increasingly strained planet.

This is the world in which Ethan Maxwell is born: a world of harsh conditions; one that apparently no other youth around him seems to have a problem with. His story is one of transformation, one of survival –and one of hope. Accompany Ethan in the journey that takes him from an inconspicuous high school in Boston, Massachusetts, to the zenith of a worldwide social movement that threatens to rock the very structures that keep his generation oppressed and neglected. Age Warfare is the tale of a not-so-foreign future that paints the picture of what could happen if we continue in the current path, but also one that leaves us with the hope of knowing that there is always another opportunity to start anew.


About the Author

Juan Carlos Cantú was born in 1978 in Mexico. He attended college at ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Economics in 1999. He then moved to Austin, TX, where he completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin’s gorgeous campus. He cried (just a little) when he left Austin for Houston, where he currently lives.


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Sorrowed Souls

Sorrowed Souls
by
Brenda Youngerman

The threads of fate beautifully weave; The beholder often times refuses to see.

Sorrowed Souls is filled with a multitude of different types of characters. I guess that is the case for most books already. What stands out and what gave the story its depth, I could not see the connection or relationship of those characters right away. Each character had a stand alone story of their own. And, their troubles.

It is a tapestry of lives, and each of them hold key factors that answered the “why?” for me as I was reading. Looking in from my point of view, piece by piece, the puzzle was put together, connecting the characters and their issues. It was a slow but rich process.

“Gus, ever since I’ve known you, the world has been at your beck and call, and you have felt like you were alone. You put yourself on a fringe when you could’ve stepped right into the middle at any point. When the day comes that you are finally ready to jump in, then you’ll be able to move forward and get out of the rut and the ‘curse’ you feel that you’re under. It’s time to stop blaming everyone around you and start taking a personal inventory to determine what it is you need to be a better Augustus Winston Hill.”

Gus was one of my favorite characters throughout. He had a leading type of soul even as a young child. While his disadvantages may have actually given him a sort of strength, he did not see it. He seemed to relish in his weaknesses to the point he was unable to ever really find peace. I simply adored this character. He reminds me of myself and others that I know in my life. He seemed to have been born into a self hell and lived his entire life battling that. For that reason, he simply did not learn, or know how, to ‘feel’ a secure happy life.

And then there are Gus’s parents. The privileged lives lived. Wow, how often have I said “If I were a millionaire”? For a lot of the story, money was never the issue or problem. The lack of money was not exactly why people were unhappy or why there was self destruction. The author most likely wrote it that way to prove, you can have the money and still have the problems. It is something deeper.

What ever it is that makes us break inside seemed to flow like water in these pages and opened my eyes to life and just how fragile it really is.

How it made me feel.

Sorrowed Souls’ has left a lasting impression on me. I spent quite a bit of the time crying. It was horrific what the characters had to endure and how their lives were changed by cruel acts. Not once in the story did I ever feel that the characters were over reacting to their life happenings. I felt compassion that their life choices, and their pain was pretty much justified. However, sometimes I witnessed them missing their mark and they could have without a doubt avoided some or all of the pain they seemed to willingly absorb.

I cry for these people as if they are real to me, because they are real. Every day real people are suffering the way these characters suffered. The homeless are highlighted in this book with a real look at how one living on the street might have gotten there, and how they might survive. Often times in this life, it takes grand moments of fate to snap us back and to get us on track.

This is not a fantasy type story with hobbits, vampires, dragons or werewolves. This is fiction, tho close to non-fiction, with breathing, bleeding human beings.

Synopsis (book description)

The eyes are said to be the window to the soul. Have you ever looked at someone whose eyes have no light? Follow the journey out of the darkness. In the space of a moment, Bryan Tines thought he had lost everything that was important to him. Waking up in a strange place with no recollection of where he came from, or who he was; lost, hungry and dirty, his life would have been over if not for the kindness of the invisible layer of society. Gus Hill was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and alcohol coursing through his veins. Living on the outside looking in, Gus goes down a path of self-destruction and finds that the harsh words of a true friend enable him to help himself and others who feel their lives have no meaning. Through this path, Gus finds what is really important. Amy Pickens was born into a working class family-a planned and difficult birth-her mother never let her forget how much of a burden Amy’s life was to her. She became the unwanted child. Struggling with confidence issues, she accidentally finds happiness, which in one fleeting moment, appears to go awry. Brenda Youngerman writes a tale of stunning clarity and insight into the lives of average people. Beautifully written, her novel explores the human condition, the ways in which our past torture and free us, and the risks we’re willing to take to realize the illusive dream of happiness. This is Brenda Youngerman’s fourth novel and she is currently writing her fifth. She lives in Southern California.

About the Author

Brenda Youngerman (1960 – ) Was raised in Southern California and has been writing since she was a child. Her first novel, Private Scars, was published in 2006 and takes an insiders view of domestic abuse and allows the reader a vantage point on how a victim is isolated and alienated from everything they know and love. Private Scars won both the editors choice and publishers choice awards. Since the release of Private Scars Youngerman has released a novel a year bringing up what she calls, “Fiction With a Purpose,” books that take on social issues and very real world problems. She hopes that a reader puts down one of her books and asks the question, “Was that real?”

If one person is helped by reading a Youngerman novel and realizes that they are not alone in their predicament, she has achieved success in her eyes.

 

(previously read and reviewed December 2010)

Glimmerglass Girl

Glimmerglass Girl
by Holly Lyn Walrath

Poetry | Woman | Art

A chapbook of feminine writings with tales of fragile emotions that stir a whirlwind of strength. If read by a male mind, he may feel closer to knowing the heart of a woman. When a woman reads these poems, she may feel they were written for her.


It was impossible for me to stop reading until I had finished the last poem. Then I was sorry to see it over. I truly wanted more of this writing style.

The author tells secrets. She dares to say it. Life expects us to play nice and these poems felt like an outlet. Each poem meant something very deep and very personal to me.

While reading, I was reminded of things I do not need and the things that mean the most. What should be cherished. What can be let go.

In this wonderful book of poetry, the mundane is art.

Taking a note from one poem in particular, “I AM GOING TO FIND THE UNICORNS”. The entire piece is surreal yet hits me. It screams and sets things straight with “Blood and horns and teeth.” It is a beautiful way to thumb your nose to the world and carry on as one may see fit.


This poetry is not typical. The art following each poem makes this book a beautiful illustration.

The stories are told quickly. Being short and to the point, the point is driven hard and deep.

Mature reading and highly recommended.

Product Description (Netgalley)

Description
In her debut chapbook, Holly Lyn Walrath explores the boundaries of womanhood through speculative poems that defy genre. For readers who love Rupi Kaur or Lang Leav, Glimmerglass Girl is as powerful and delicate as a glass-winged butterfly.

“Tensile and luminous as a glass-winged butterfly, Glimmerglass Girl chronicles the passions of a woman’s heart and its multifarious musings with a marvelous mix of toughness and tenderness. In a shimmering world at once ‘honey-brimmed and buzzing,’ where ‘blueberry coffee’ and a ‘kissing prayer,’ or a ‘quiet mess of a body of light’ offer diurnal delights, this wildly chimerical gathering of hybridized fairy tales and fabulous meditations on womanhood might carry Emily Dickinson’s admonition of epistolary intimacy, ‘open me carefully.’ Indeed, readers should open Walrath’s slender volume carefully, hold these rare poems up to the sun, then lean in quietly to hear each one sing in flight.”

—Karen An-hwei Lee, author of Phylo of Joy, Ardor, and In Medias Res.

“. . . an intersection between ethereal loftiness, humorous speculation, and poignant consideration. . . a collection of poetry and images that encourage readers to be more than they perceive themselves to be.” –VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts

 

~Meet the Author Holly Lyn Walrath~

Holly Lyn Walrath received her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminality, Crab Fat Magazine, Mithila Review, Nonbinary Review, and other places. She works as a freelance editor and currently resides in Seabrook, Texas, just five minutes from NASA Johnson Space Center. She has two cats named Cleo and Panda and a husband who is a pediatric physical therapist. Along with writing, she enjoys geekery, books, self-aggrandizing statements, feminism, dystopia, and cat pictures.

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Buy Glimmerglass Girl Finishing Line Press

 

The ebook format I read was borrowed at Netgalley

Her Crowning Frenzy: A Collection of Poetic Stories

Her Crowning Frenzy: A Collection of Poetic Stories

by Robin Chappell

Literature | Fiction | Poetry

Robin Chappell writes about real-life issues and situations. The author groups her poetic short-stories into chapters of Love, Rebellion, Heartache, Life, and Passion, sculpting the plots of each short-story with poetry. ‘Her Crowning Frenzy: A Collection of Poetic Stories’ is an upbeat read with a modern and fresh style.

The moment I started reading ‘Her Crowning Frenzy: A Collection of Poetic Stories’, I was reminded of Poe or Lovecraft and their writing styles. The notable difference, Robin writes with light and love. Her poetry has a strong and sometimes dark message but the light shines through her words.

Monsters exist. And while some of these stories have their monsters and horrible situations, Chappell writes with a spark that lights up those dark corners. Though they are fiction and fantasy, these stories felt real. The messages and life happenings were not always easy to take. However, through the trials and tribulations, the author brought forth hope, endurance and inspiration.

The stories are charged with lessons. Each story alone has an emotional message between the lines. At times the words tell of hard truths while every story absolutely leaves a deep and lasting impact.

Sometimes the stories felt whimsical, gentle and tender. At other times the stories felt more dire, dreadful and creepy.  Two stories stand out in my mind as I write this review. One of heaven and one of evil. The tone was completely different, though both stories flowed beautifully. One book, one author, with every story taking on a life of its own.

The poetry is incredible at digging deep. Amplifying, distorting, emphasizing, fabricating, heightening, intensifying, magnifying…. doing exactly what poetry is suppose to do. Poetry stirs the soul. And that is exactly what this book did for me.

These poems, stories, shorts, or prose, what ever name an expert of words would like to use, have brought me joy and sadness, sometimes snapping me to attention. The works in this book do exactly what poetry should. Each story made me feel.

I highly recommend even if you do not normally read poetry, you will still love this book. It is for adults and mature readers.

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Her Crowning Frenzy: A Collection of Poetic Stories

The Bridges of Madison County

 

The Bridges of Madison County

by Robert James Walles

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Warner Bros. (1992)

Fiction | Romance | Women

Purchase
The Bridges of Madison County
at Amazon.

 

My Synopsis

On the back cover of the jacket is an excerpt from the book, shortly stated a quote “he noticed all of her”. That in essence is what makes this story, the story that it is. The two leading characters are not two young sex pots going at it. There is no need to put into words the fullness of her breasts or the tightness of his abs. These are two people that see each other, really see each other. The sensuality is through their study of and getting to know the other. The delivery makes it plausible that a dedicated wife and mother could let go for a very brief moment of time and allow the memory of that to last until her death.

My Review

This is Francesca’s story.

It is a short story considering the size of books that most read. Within this small number of pages, contains a story with a large impact.

In the beginning, a prologue from the author himself explaining how he came across his story. There’s a meeting with Carolyn and Michael, the children of Francesca and Richard Johnson. The two grown children thought their mother’s life long secret was worth sharing. It describes how they brought their mother’s journals, letters and photographs to prove the events of a relationship between Francesca and Robert.

The book is so believable and to be perfectly honest, I wanted it to be true. The Bridges of Madison County certainly reads like non-fiction but unfortunately,  it is all fiction. No real evidence is found to express this man’s art with exception of Francesca’s keepsakes. Even so, the author continually flirts with the suggestion of this being a true story.

The story really begins August 8, 1965 with an old green Chevrolet pickup truck containing everything its driver will need for a road trip. Photographer Robert Kincaid plans for Madison County, Iowa from Bellingham, Washington. It would be his job for the following days to photograph the covered bridges of Madison County. While simply working his craft fate will bring him and Francesca together.

The author speaks of how writing this book altered his perspective to world views and what is possible of human relationships. It had the exact same impression on me. What could be a travesty is set to such gentle explanation. Francesca is quickly described with dedication to her family life, how she may want more, yet she is satisfied and content with how things are. What could be written with more complication is left simply done, giving the reader credit to know how life feels, and how life changes us, no matter our situation, no matter what we have, or what we do not have.

In Conclusion

What was so significant to me is that no one was actually telling this story to Carolyn and Michael. The reader gets the story from Francesca herself. On her birthday she performs her celebration ritual by remembering Robert.

When Francesca passes away, her children are introduced to those memories with letters, photographs, journals and magazines. Some of the things found were things sent to their Mother by Robert over the years.

No one is physically there to share their side of things or to influence Carolyn’s or Michael’s thinking or thoughts of their mother. Of course they are angry when they first realize what happened. However, these two grown adults have complicated lives of their own.

Both Carolyn and Michael are suffering for different reasons in their marriages and with their own children. As the past unfolds for them, they are able to draw their own conclusions of truly what took place all those years ago, and how it lingered for a life time, and even after death.

Perhaps their own struggles allowed them the opportunity to understand better and to rationalize the events…..

Their mother saw things differently when she was young, before she was married and before her children. She grew as they grew but never lost her loyalty to them. Life happened and things changed. Maybe she wished for something more. She held her values but still had dreams. One thing she got really good at was hiding her disappointment in life and in herself. She got really good at hiding all of that from them until the time was right for her to share everything about who she really was.

 

“She watched him go through the kitchen door way, across the porch and into the yard. He didn’t let the screen door bang like everyone else did but instead shut it gently.”

The impact of the slamming screen door was meaningful to Francesca and the author makes it easy for the reader to connect to that emotion. All the tiny bits and pieces that create the explosion for her to erupt with a stranger can be accessed with the sound of that door slamming shut.

It is simple and it is easy and it is magnified.

 

The Book VS The Movie

I have read the book and I have watched the movie. There really is very little difference between the two other than the arrangement of events. The movie begins with the children (as adults) and the effect on them and their relationships. Where as the book focuses on Francesca answering a question. How could a woman of her nature fall in love with a complete stranger? Then explaining how that brief moment in time rested heavy on her heart and soul for the rest of her life. The children’s aspect and Francesca’s are very different and presented very differently. Anyone that simply sees the movie might walk away getting an entire different message than the author may have intended.

As with all books that are made into a movie, I still think reading the story is best. Emotion and desires come through words that the movie screen can not provide. I wont say that movies are not emotional. It is as simple as this…this little book should be read.

 

Witch Song

Witch Song

by Amber Argyle

fantasy | witches | magic

My Review

It is a beautiful cover and the beginning is strong. I thought the story-line was beautiful and loved the concept. 

Witch Song is an eBook I purchased through Amazon quite some time ago. It appealed to me. The title and the cover all beautiful and alluring. As I began reading,  I was thinking “wow, I really like this”.

It is not uncommon for the subject matter to deal with witchcraft as an earth religion focusing on nature. None of that is new. What was really different about this story is the use of song and the elements are presented a little differently.

I was enjoying the dialogue and there was some energy between the characters. By chapter two, I was fully engrossed and intrigued about what was happening. There was a real thrill and suspense building. Quickly, characters were introduced and names were given of those I became anxious to meet.

Then, by chapter 14, I lost my connection with the story. It might just be me. I am really not sure why but I became not interested anymore.

At times things happened and I could not understand why and there never seemed to be answers to those questions. When the female is the lead character, I want her to be strong. Though, that aspect alone does not determine a good story or not, it is my preference and important to me. I read Young-Adult a lot and have enjoyed that genre. This book though,  seemed really young and too immature for me.

 

1 star – I hate it
2 star – I don’t like it
3 star – It’s okay
4 star – I like it
5 star – I love it

I am giving this book 3 stars.  It is not a terrible book. If someone is looking for a fantasy with witches and magic, this might be the book to try. I do recommend giving it a look for yourself.


Book Description

Brusenna is the last free witch.

The others have all been imprisoned, their magical songs twisted from harmony and growth into chaos and death. With only her guardian by her side, Brusenna must free her fellow witches before their stolen magic destroys the world.

But freeing them won’t be easy. The dark witch is cunning, cruel, and vastly more experienced. Brusenna must face magical storms, choking fog, and her own demons before she’d ever be ready to fight for the world that hates her.

With over 1,000 pages of adventure and romance, the acclaimed Witch Song Series will sweep you into a world brimming with magic.

In WITCH SONG, Amber Argyle makes a riveting debut, creating a fresh new world full of wonder, peril, and splendor. I found WITCH SONG to be positively engrossing from the first page to the last. I’m convinced that this is just the first book in what will be a long and prosperous career! ~David Farland, NYT Bestselling Author


Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

In WITCH SONG, Amber Argyle makes a riveting debut, creating a fresh new world full of wonder, peril, and splendor. I found WITCH SONG to be positively engrossing from the first page to the last. I’m convinced that this is just the first book in what will be a long and prosperous career! ~David Farland, NYT Bestselling Author
I can honestly say that I haven’t gotten this lost in a fantasy world since the Harry Potter series. . . . Amber Argyle for me, has earned herself a rank equivalent to the best fantasy fiction authors of this decade. ~Cory, Antidrug Reads

Witch Song is a debut with an engrossing world full of magic, adventure and romance. It’s a story that fascinated me with its unique witch lore and rich world building, and introduced me to some great in-depth characters. ~Katie, Mundie Moms

Witch Song was a rich and compelling fairytale of magic and dark controlling forces, that gives a unique twist to witchcraft and witches, in general. It was powerful and interesting. Argyle’s ability to create a world in which the power of song is used to create magic, is not only masterful but brilliantly clever. ~Suz, Soul Unsung

The Awakening A Wolf Creek Falls Novel

The Awakening A Wolf Creek Falls Novel

by S.D. Vieau

Romance | Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Netgalley
Publish Date March 18, 2018
Downloaded April 26, 2018
Date Read May 2, 2018

My Review

The moon, the sun and magic breathe life here. The pages are filled with magical creatures, fairies, shifters, witches and the light fighting through the darkness. I loved reading this book. The dialogue is upbeat and lively.

This one is listed as romance, sci-fi and fantasy. Maybe consider shelving it under sexy-hot-paranormal. Not one wolf, but two making the math easy for anyone to figure out that this is one hot read. The story is great, along with all the raw attraction. The love and lust make the fantasy what it is but the story is deeper than just sexual instinct. A connection exists and it is blended with the magic of this enchanted place where Cara returns after her Grandmother passes away.

In my opinion the quick and un-natural way these characters meet and dive right in, is the reason to read a paranormal in the first place. When I pick up a fantasy, I want to read about that ‘out of the norm’ stuff. I want the book to take my mind off reality. I want to lose myself in the book and the story. That is exactly what happened when I started reading The Awakening A Wolf Creek Falls Novel. The characters are interesting, colorful and fun. They got my attention and made me concern for them. I am fully invested and really hated to finish this book without the sequel out yet. I want to read more and looking forward to book 2,  The Tree of Light.


Amazon’s rating system:

1 star – I hate it
2 star – I don’t like it
3 star – It’s okay
4 star – I like it
5 star – I love it

Yes, I loved reading this book and feel it deserves a 5 star rating. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading paranormal romance and fantasy with mature sexual content.


Book Description

CARA WEATHERLY was a vivacious 24-year-old Vet Tech on the fast track to success. Focused on her future she never gave much thought about her childhood, until the death of her Grandmother changed everything. Learning she was a sun witch and having her once stolen childhood memories returned to her fractured and incomplete; Cara made the unexpected decision to uproot her life and move to Wolf Creek Falls. Plagued by dreams of her childhood and struggling with her shattered memories, Cara tries to control her rapidly returning powers.

From the second LUCIAN and LUCCA CALVETTI walked into her life, Cara was inexplicably drawn to them. At 6’2 with muscles to spare and molten amber eyes a girl could drown in, the brothers were hard to forget. Acting as if they had known her all her life, Cara couldn’t deny feeling the same way. Will Cara ever be able to piece together her fragmented memories? What else will she find waiting for her in Wolf Creek Falls?

Born a Crime

Born a Crime
Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

My daughter requested Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood for Christmas. I was thrilled to add it under the tree. It was her copy that I started reading but did not get to finish before returning it back to her. I downloaded the digital eBook format for myself and enjoyed every single word.

Trevor talks about issues that are truly difficult to imagine being real and non-fiction. It is jarring to think any of these things could take place. The comedian (and author) is hilarious on The Daily Show. His show is one that I go to for relief and to laugh. I guess I was looking for that style when I wanted to read this book. I expected humor and I got it. He takes horrible real life situations and tells them with his sense of style and humor. The stories he tells not only made me ache but also gave me hope. To see him today as a celebrity and know he came through so much, gives sustainable hope. Trevor Noah not only shares his life with the world but dares us all to look hard at ourselves and our place in humanity.

Product Review

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.