I Hope You Find Me (Find Me, #1)
by Trish Marie Dawson (Goodreads Author)
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 · rating details · 25 ratings · 8 reviews
Life for Riley ends when her young children die in her arms…victims of a global viral outbreak that claims the lives of everyone she’s ever known. Left to fend for herself with only a dog as her companion, she sets out on a journey to find others, leaving notes everywhere she goes…hoping that one day someone will come looking for her. When Riley meets the handsome yet mysterious Connor on the streets of Downtown San Diego, they form a bond unlike either has experienced before. When the things that go bump in the night turn out to be more than nightmares, the trio sets off for the mountains in search of an isolated resort where they can hunker down, away from the ominous shadows of the dead city streets. The peace and tranquility of the woods isn’t enough to keep the darkness away for long though and soon Riley and Connor are forced to accept that the World and the few people left alive in it will never be the same. The shadows of their past may haunt them forever…threatening to destroy what little dreams they have left of a future unless they fight to stay in the light and never lose their hope. – via Goodreads
I honestly had no idea what this book was about when I downloaded it as a freebie. I’m glad I decided to read it. Trish Marie Dawson has a talent for painting mental pictures to follow along with the plot. The first part of the story was somewhat plain and boring, but that changed once Riley and Conner decided to leave the city and head for the resort. I loved how the story was told in first person through Riley. So many authors these days tend to lean toward third person points of view. There was just the right amount of romance without going overboard. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The only part I did not like was the fact that it ended. It was a great cliffhanger! I cannot wait for the next installment!
Fifty Shades of Bambi the Dirty Slut – A Parody: A Virgin No More
by Bambi O’Dumee
The title of this pretty much speaks for itself. It is a parody of the infamous trilogy that has swept the world by storm. Bambi is a virgin, despite what has been said about her. She has her heart set on losing her virginity to her friend, Cillian, she’s known since she was 8. Their first attempt was while Bambi was babysitting his little sister. That was interrupted when his mother came home.
Bambi and her friend Chardonnay planned a party and invited Cillian. This was her chance to finally be alone with Cillian. She went and bought the perfect dress to impress him with. Her and Chardonnay had set up a spare bedroom with candles and wine glasses, even a bowl of condoms. Cillian eventually makes his appearance and Bambi gets him alone. She lures him into the guest room and tries to make her move. Cillian, sensing that she has had a wee bit too much to drink, pushes her away and offers to take her home. Bambi gets upset and begins to yell at him, following him as he makes his way down the stairs and out the door. She makes a total fool of herself.
The night is not a total waste. Chardonnay’s brother, Jim, has tried to get with Bambi for a while. Seizing the opportunity, they go to the guess room that was set up and she finally loses her virginity.
I enjoyed reading this parody. I think the author made her point that anyone can write erotica and not all of it is tasteful.
“Lou is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Ever since college, she’s lacked direction, working as a clerk in a local bookstore. But when she quits her job just before the winter holidays, Lou must do some serious soul searching to overcome her fears of straying from the mainstream. On a whim, she accompanies her best friend, Tammy, to Scotland for the winter holidays, but the vacation soon turns into an emotional roller coaster.
When she becomes embroiled in a hunt for information about Isobel Key, a woman falsely accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century, Lou opens up to her intuition and makes a startling discovery about her own heritage.” via Goodreads
The story begins with Lou quitting her job at the store she’s been working at for a number of years. She knows she can find better with her college degree. Her best friend, and roommate, Tammy was just given a promotion and assignment in Scotland. This is the perfect time for a vacation for Lou. Plans have been made and they reach Scotland.
Tammy has a few meetings to attend when they first arrive, but they schedule a guided tour of the Highlands. During their tour, both women take a liking to a particular tour guide and his rugged Scottish charm, Brian.
I love how this story incorporates the current day adventure with the 1600’s legend of the accused witch burning of Isobel Key. Normally, I don’t like for a story to jump back and forth, but this was essential for the unfolding of the complete story. From it’s beginnings to the ultimate revelation in the end, it’s an overall great read. The story is smooth and flowing. I give the an A++ and recommend it for anyone!
“Rick Burns is thrust into a supernatural whirlwind while investigating several unsolved murders. In the process, a ghostly boy who may know the killer, takes Rick on a haunting chase through the streets of Indianapolis. What Rick discovers is a maniac bent on vengeance that is unbelievably sick and twisted. The detective has his past and love interest to deal with, but he’ll need to solve the case and free his demons before he is the next victim.”
I must say that this is on my top five list of good books this year. From start to finish this book was gripping and exciting. Rick has been dealing with unsolved homicides for the last couple of years. He has gotten closer to his widowed sister-in-law. He tries to come to grips with his own past as he attempts to piece together clues to the gruesome homicides that have been going on. All of his leads go back to Benji. The problem is, Rick doesn’t know if Benji is real or exists only in his mind.
The plot thickens as Rick becomes a suspect. Benji seems to know when and where each homicide takes place, leaving Rick to question his own sanity. His only comfort is Stella, his dead brother’s wife.
There is not one stone left unturned in this horror/thriller. I would almost put Jeff in the same class as Stephen King. This is a definite MUST READ.
So, my 17 y/o daughter that never speaks to me decided she wanted to have a conversation via text message last week. I thought, okay, let’s try to communicate again. Ha!
When she was 13, almost 14, she decided to go live with her dad. I can’t blame her. She hated my spouse at the time and was unhappy. I was not made of money and I could not give her everything. I did, however, fight for and win custody of her younger sister. That was January 2009. As the years have passed, I have watched her mature. She was given the clothing I couldn’t afford, a truck on her 16th birthday, braces (I paid 1/2 of). She’s gone to prom EVERY year. In a nutshell, she’s spoiled. She hasn’t had to want for anything.
In my opinion, a child should learn the value of the almighty buck. I have worked for everything that I have. I have had nothing given to me, even as a teenager living at home. I worked. I bought my own clothes, put gas in my car and paid for my car. I bought everything that I wanted.
Now, back to our texting conversation. I’ve known for years that she thinks she’s better than me. She’s always been quick to judge everything I say or do. I can do no right in her eyes. I’ll agree that I’m far from a good mom, but I tried. She preceded to tell me that I have run away from my problems. She basically told me how stupid she thinks I am. She has nothing to do with my family, whatsoever. She never calls me. If she wants something, she has her father talk to me so he can try to make me feel guilty. I am not going to feel guilty for not communicating with a selfish child who thinks she knows everything and judges her own mother. She has no respect for anyone, other than her father and her holier than Thou grandparents.
I’ve done a lot of things wrong in my life, but I’ll be damned if I’ll let a 17 y/o pass judgement on me. No one knows what I’ve been through in my life but me. There are reasons I do the things I do.
I’ll quit ranting now. I felt the need to get this off my chest before I had some sort of aneurism.