Monday, December 14, 2015

Driftwood by Harper Fox

DriftwoodDriftwood by Harper Fox
My rating: 4.3 stars out of 5.

A doctor, and veteran of war, has isolated himself in a crumbling rental with a cairn outside his home in memory of his dead love. The doctor finally wakes up to life to care about another man who is in an abusive relationship.

This author writes beautifully and hits some good high and low points for the doctor and his love.  This had a nice ending too. 

However the condom thing bugged me. In stories we either push condom use like constant lectures to the readers or we try to be more realistic in that the ideal is not always followed in real life or we have supernatural, or other reasons, why condoms are not used. The doctor in this story, a medical doctor, was a bit lax with the condom non-use so that kind of bugged me. Other than that I enjoyed this tale.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

Infected: Prey (Infected, #1)Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was really good. A unique world with certain folk who suffer from an incurable disease that causes them to shift into cat forms - big cat forms.

I loved Roan's snarky talk and manners, and how he dealt with his infection. Also, Roan's boyfriend, Paris, was a well written character. I so dread Paris dying at some point from his tiger strain disease though my fingers are crossed he'll survive somehow.

I'm glad I finally took the time to get back to this world (Sterek books have been a bit of a distraction for me lately... sigh).

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Nice little feel good Christmas tale

What Happens At ChristmasWhat Happens At Christmas by Jay Northcote
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A nice little Christmas story.

I can't say too much about this one except that I liked it but I didn't love it.  I felt like there was not enough conflict in this tale for me.

It was a story about a misunderstanding between two great guys who finally pulled their heads out and got together... and then got together for a nice happy ever after (or happy for now anyway).


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Love Me Tenor, Love Me Sweet

Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony, #2)Love Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do love beautiful music and voices. I give this lovely tune 4.5 stars out of 5.

Annabeth Albert did a wonderful job of portraying a reality music show with the potential shenanigans and media twisting that no doubt go on behind the scenes (and in front for the audience to make us gasp and shake our heads at the horror of it all when really who knows what the reality of any of it is anymore besides entertainment. Did I mention I gave up on TV in 2008?).

It was a clever idea to bring Trevor and Jalen together in a fake boyfriends story that turned into a wonderful HEA. They each had their own challenges and turned out to be the best thing for each other.

I really enjoyed the idea of the whole song contest. I kept thinking how will the author get us up on the stage through each song. Will every song lyric be written out? Will be go through each note? I must say I was happily surprised and enjoyed the end result.

Also thank to the author for not making the potential kidnapping by Trevor’s family even worse than it was portrayed. I don’t think I could have handled that much more drama.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Have You Been Claimed?

Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts (Claimings, #1)Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally bought the first two in this series today.

The world building and characters are top notch but the dom/sub thing is not really my thing though I did want to give these books a try as I do enjoy Lyn Gala's writing. .

I wonder when I'll read the 2nd book?
I may like it more now that I understand this culture a bit more.

Still 3.5 stars out of 5 for more than just a like.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Done Like Dinner

So I hit the big 50k with my Nano novel yesterday.  In fact I got to 50,112 words.
If you're not done yet keep typing, I will be as my story is not done quite yet.  No, it is not.  

I had some problems with the Nano validator so that was a bit frustrating but I went on the Nano forums and got help.

And was I the only person in years past to actually change my novel into code for the validator, so concerned that the Nanowrimo organization might steal my novel word for word?  I laugh about it now, especially considering my books aren't that good. Still...

This year I feel like I have a novel that almost makes sense.  I recently bought some of K. M. Weiland's books on novel structuring and outlining.  They look good so far and her website is fantastic. 

I'm going to try and reverse outline my Nano novel to get it into shape.
Who's with me?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Into Deep Waters with Kaje Harper

Into Deep WatersInto Deep Waters by Kaje Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As so many others have said this was a great book. I'd put off reading it because sometimes you just like to keep an emergency good book tucked away for when you need a good read and I needed it today.

I cried and laughed about the love of 2 veterans from their meeting on the first ship they served on in WWII until they married in their 80's (and beyond of course).

A delightful free read.

Thanks, Kaje. I do so enjoy your writing.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Almost at 50K

Can't believe I'm almost at the finish line (50,000 words) yet again for my 10th year of Nanowrimo. 

What is it that keeps us pushing to try and accomplish something with our writing or any other goal in life? 

I'd like to have some novels out in the world and perhaps have a few people enjoy them.

For me, however, the hard part is actually learning to share what I've written with others because usually it's just not that good.  But I'm learning. 

Are you learning how to write? 

One thing I'd advise is to read more.  This one thing has really helped me so much more this year. 

And good luck with whatever it is you hope to accomplish in life. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Eli Easton does it again

How to Walk Like a Man (Howl At The Moon, #2)How to Walk Like a Man by Eli Easton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved How to Walk Like a Man maybe even more than the first one in the series How to Howl at the Moon which I absolutely loved and seeing as how I can't give more that five stars here you'll just have to know there are more than five stars in my heart for this wonderful read.

This was so clever and such a lovely story. All through it I kept laughing and thinking I knew what would happen next but the author was always a step ahead of me. I love that in a book. And the tears that I shed at the end of the book were tears of joy. Nice.

It was so neat to see Roman learning how to... okay... walk and talk and everything else like a man. When he discovered new things like various body reactions... hilarious... he couldn't but help remind me of when I discovered some things in my own life.

Also the way Roman felt left outside of things at times but wanted so much to fit in and who hasn't felt that?

I wasn't sure I could wait for this book to come out but I managed then sat here and neglected most everything today except for reading this fun book. Who wouldn't want to live in Mad Creek?

Thanks Eli, I loved this book.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Knock at the Door

The Shattered DoorThe Shattered Door by Brandon Witt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book but found myself having to put it down several times before I could carry on with it. Was I liking it even though some parts kind of hurt my soul?

There are some pretty big things discussed in this book but still, not preachy, which was very nice because I had plenty of that growing up. In fact this book reminded me of many things from my life which is probably why I had tears on my face through approximately the last third of the book.

Luckily I enjoyed a few chuckles along the way too and maybe thought about hope a little more too just from reading a book that had a M/M romance in it. Don't tell my mother.

So, yes, I did like this book maybe even loved it. Oh, yes, the love word.
Thanks, Brandon.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Talking Head Nightmare

Argh, people are talking back and forth in my Nanowrimo novel. 

Just talking!!! 

I've got to take this back somehow. I told myself this year I would not dissolve my book into talking heads and yet I'm there again. 

Beware the talking heads and make sure there is conflict in everyone of your scenes. 

Conflict does not just mean arguing or fighting it could simply tension or a foreshadowing to some point later in your novel. 

Whatever you do avoid the talking heads unless the talking adds to your plot. 

Yes, adds to the plot.  Adds to the plot. 
But not just talking to fill up space. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thanks again, Heidi Cullinan

Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas, #2)Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow I loved this series even though I read it 1, 3 then this one I think it turned out okay. Fine would have been better if I'd followed the numbers (which I will soon to refresh my self on these great stories).

Anyway kinky is so not my thing but this book gave me a light look into it and I may have to rethink my position(s). :-)

This was borderline amazing in my ways but I'll go with really liked it for now.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Hang in there...

Let us defeat the Nanowrimo beast.  

As usual I tried to get ahead on the first day and wrote just over 4k total.  
Today I added another 2k which is great.  

Sadly I almost feel I've lost the thread of my plot.  
My characters, as usual, have not been thought out properly.  
What will I write tomorrow?  

The fear creeps back in.  
Just kidding about the fear but it does kind of annoy me.  

Hang in there everyone.  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Nanowrimo Commences Yet Again

Right, I thought I'd give myself the month off and skip Nanowrimo even though this would be my...  tenth year so... I'm in.  Let my groaning commence and not in a good way. 

Who else is in?  Does it really matter if we can actually write a story anyway? 
Isn't this all just for fun? 


As usual I want to write something I can buckle down and edit later (i.e. after November) and actually have a story I can show other people.  Wouldn't that be nice for a change?  Yes, yes, it would be. 

For the last few weeks I've been 'brainstorming' or maybe just having headaches over what I'm going to attempt to write.  Today I panicked and tried to write out a few character sketches (why can't I just describe people around me?  Ugh) and then even tried to write out a simple outline.  Sometimes I make myself laugh but really I'd like to be proud of my writing just for once. 

Of course if I could do a good job once then I'd be doing it again and again. 

Join me in the madness and let those fingers fly on the keys.  Good luck. 

PS Take a look at and see some of the materials they have for kids to create stories and seeing as I'm a big kid... wth. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tasty Blueberries

Blueberry BoysBlueberry Boys by Vanessa North
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blueberry Boys hit all the right notes for me so 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the major characters Connor and Jed. It was great to see how Vanessa was able to bring them together and give them their HEA in the end of the story.

I liked the minor characters as well, even reading about Connor’s miserable brother made everything seem a bit more real.

Connor and Jed both had challenging families and kind of sad childhoods if Connor being teased at school for being gay and Jed’s homeschooling with a somewhat strict religious upbringing as sad. I certainly consider those as sad childhoods.

However I was kind of ticked that Jed moved into Connor’s life at the end rather than the other way around which, yes, would have been almost impossible to do but still.  Of course Jed was only leasing Connor’s land and it needed to sell, especially for Scott but somewhat for Connor too and .... Fine, Vanessa's HEA was the one that made sense and I am happy for this loving couple.

Extra points to Vanessa for making Connor not have a perfect body (though Jed seemed to think it was quite nice). And I’d certainly love to help Jed calm down his stutter. Sigh.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nanowrimo is upon us

Yes, it's time again for the rush of Nanowrimo. 

Once again I ask myself if I'll be joining in or running far away. 

I have automatically signed myself up to write this year, seems like that's a given, but it doesn't necessarily mean that I'll follow through.  However, IF I follow through I told myself to write a M/M romance and get it over with. 

Seems like I've always struggled to throw in a gay character or make my plot have something to do with religion and discrimination but why not just write an M/M romance?  Seems like that's often what I have in my mind anyway. 

I've got a few ideas though that doesn't really make a plot.  The plotting part is often one of the challenges for me, especially a plot that I would care to read again myself.  

Who else is writing this year? 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Catch a Falling Star

Then the Stars FallThen the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For the first third of the book I liked it but by the time I reached the end I really liked the story.

In some ways as much as I enjoy reading I’m always trying to rush through them as well and this one was just like a nice ride in the country with a few ups and downs but all well in the end.

This story felt real and it was nice to hear characters sound like real folk too. And the small town prejudices felt real as did the small town goodness. My parents live in a small town and it's a bit much on some of my visits.

Did the story feel a little drawn out? Maybe. Did the feelings Travis had for Wesley seem a bit off at first? Sure. But the story whipped everything together into a smooth delight.

And I kind of liked reading a story in which not every little detail of someone’s sex life had to be shoved down my throat. Grin. So if you’re into the hot and heavy smexyness of some books this one might not be your thing, then again maybe you could use a breath of fresh country air for a change.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Articles of Release

The Articles of Release (The Release #2)The Articles of Release by B.A. Tortuga
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After several months I told myself to just buy this darn book because the blurb was just too good and I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Terms of Release so much.

As Gigi noted this is so different from the first book and is much lighter in tone. I'm not sure if this shouldn't have been a shorter story or perhaps longer. I kept wondering how many more stunts Troy was going to pull before he finally smartened up so that was a nice twist at the book's end.

However no buyer's remorse for me because I just had to read this story and I did enjoy it. Glad the boys got a nice HFN because I can see it might fall apart if Tanner has his way with Troy one of these days and Eric is in a despairing mood and...

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Would You Date a Soldier?

Basic TrainingBasic Training by Marquesate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the military and gay? This was incredibly well done military romance. Never having been in the military (and the only British thing about me is my Mum and her cousins) I thought I'd struggle a bit with the book but it was simply great. Top notch really.

You have a gay soldier, Colin, soon to retire from the military and just learning to deal with the fact that he is gay (and a gay virgin at that I believe so this was a well written OFY). Colin's thoughts and feelings are very believable and understandable.

Colin's younger soldier boyfriend, Chris, has been openly gay since joining the military with the UK's more open attitude to gender identity and equality though it was still a struggle of course.

So there was a difference in how both men dealt with their own gender identities and also with their 14 year age difference. Then there was so much more to this story as well but rather than feel exhaustion I'm so happy with their HEA.

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Please teach me how to write a story, Eli Easton

The Lion and the CrowThe Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks, Eli. Books like this give me hope that maybe there were a few somewhat happy gay gents back in the day.

This was another book I'd avoided reading for awhile even though I really enjoy Eli Easton's books. Why did I wait to read this? Sometimes I do hesitate to read historicals usually due to all the pain gay folk had to wade through (as well as the rest of the folk too).

I couldn't settle on a book yesterday so reread one of my faves, another Eli great book, How to Howl at the Moon and then thought that Eli is that good so why not read The Lion and the Crow?

And this had such a clever HEA too. Loved it. Even though I wished the story had gone on and on it was a short story so... dang.

So glad I read it and I'll be adding this to my comfort re-reads as well.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Artificial Intel in Your Bones or How to Feel Great Without Even Trying

Bone RiderBone Rider by J. Fally
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow I really loved this title and I loved the book. Can we hand out more than five stars?

Riley, running from his Russian syndicate boyfriend, is possessed, actually forced, into a symbiotic relationship with a bone rider, an alien A.I . armor and weapons system eventually named McClane.

I noticed this book a few months back but kept telling myself I would not be able to follow the story. I’m a simple guy and while I enjoy a good fantasy some scifi is just too hard for me to understand. But this great story with an intricate plot is easy to follow and I even found parts of it hilarious.

My pulse is still racing from even thinking about the chases in this book and there was some good body heat too (let’s just say McClane was a fast learner).

And the characters are well written. I’m really surprised J. Fally doesn’t have so many more books out there. Even the secondary characters were great, I even loved the not-yet-so-evil syndicate sister who still loved her brother even though he threw away everything to chase a piece of... well to chase his boyfriend, Riley.

It made sense why the characters did what they did and I kind of fell in love with an artificial intelligence, McClane, who could probably make a lot of fantasies come true including repairing a lot of damaged bodies.

And yes, this is borderline menage which is definitely not my thing but is so cleverly done in this book. Or is McClane more like a guardian angel/devil sitting on all of Riley’s bones handing out interior licks, massages, conversations, body armor and weapons when needed?

I’ll think about this book for awhile and with Nanowrimo coming up a book I would hope to emulate but, deep sigh, never will.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Vamp it up

Immortality is the Suck (Adam & Peter, #1)Immortality is the Suck by A.M. Riley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Normally I shy away from vamp stories but this was just good.

I thought I'd get too confused with police procedurals, etc but Adam the vampire was just too funny and sarcastic and lovable in his own somewhat moody way.

I really enjoyed this.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Some guys have all the luck

LatakiaLatakia by J.F. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't believe how good this book was and that I read it that fast but the story flew by. As others have noted the blurb really does not prepare you for such a delicious surprise as this plot and these wonderful characters.

At the start of the book I really disliked, fine I loathed Petey and by the end I wanted to hug him or even kiss him, with tongue, just to make him sweat because I grew to love him so much. And Travis and Matt? Nice doesn't begin to cover what these guys had between them (besides that, twits).

5 plus out of 5 stars. I'll be looking for more books by J.F. Smith, yes, yes I will.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kickboxers do it better

Point of No Return (Turning Point, #1)Point of No Return by N.R. Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, I loved this one. I chuckled, I cried and now am kind of sad I finished the book.

A very nice Happy For Now ending too.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Semper Fi by Keira Andrews

Semper FiSemper Fi by Keira Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This incredible book, Semper Fi, was so good and will become one of my new comfort re-reads. I cried through a lot of it (mostly good cries though a few achy sobs too).

I admit I was kind of reluctant to read it (war stories make me so sad) but after reading Keira's, Kick at the Darkness I knew this author was good and would do justice to this topic.

I'm not fond of the back and forth in time thing but Keira wrote it to perfection and I actually looked forward to the switches showing how Cal and Jim got closer over time. Jim's GFY (really OFY) was easily understood.

And the kids, well I didn't even mind the kids either and they really added to the story. Please write more books like this, Keira.

And now I have to go to work and try not to grin/weep through my day thinking about this book.

Thanks, Keira.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Wonderfully Wintery Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas, #3)Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heidi, the cover of this book had my pulse racing before I even opened the cover and now I kind of wish it was Christmas. That is if we can keep the snow off sidewalks and roads. Thanks.

This was the third book in Heidi’s series, Minnesota Christmas which began with Let It Snow. While I have yet to read the second book in this series the third book was very good (and I think would work well as a stand alone read) maybe even as much as the first one which I really liked. And yes Winter Wonderland made me cry and yes, I may have blushed once or twice over the hugging, kissing and sexy stuff and now I’m blushing again writing that bit of info but that's all okay and frankly why I read.

And no, I can’t say bears are my thing (or maybe they will be now... hmm) but I wouldn’t kick one off my couch for getting Christmas cookie crumbs everywhere either. In fact I may look into a few more bear type book characters because Heidi makes them sound so delicious.

I loved the character portrayals and was glad to see the male nurse, Kyle, and his bear, Paul, get a wonderful (that word again) HEA. Kyle’s family members were such a great support to Kyle and Paul. Kyle’s awesome twin, Linda Kay, was so loving and funny and Kyle’s parents were so supportive and... well then there was Paul’s family which helped to balance things with their somewhat homophobic (but maybe just scared and unsure) views of their son, Paul.

Hopefully Paul’s family will settle down in time perhaps in Minnesota Christmas part 4? I can only hope especially if their granddaughter does turn out to be lesbian (or not) and/or she is, at least, trying to accept her Uncle Paul more than the rest of this sad family.

For fans of fuzzy warm feelings (and if the idea of stroking a nice furry chest appeals to you or just reading about it) this is a book you will enjoy reading.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Young Man in the Snow Globe

Winter OrangesWinter Oranges by Marie Sexton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shades of Boy in the Plastic Bubble and yet not really.

Marie Sexton really had me here because I was afraid I wouldn’t get the HEA I was hoping for but I did. She had me fooled until the end. Good job, Marie.

I’ve enjoyed Marie’s books, Between Sinners and Saints was amazing and Cinder: A CinderFella Story which I thought I would not like but did enjoy very much. Never a Hero was another of her books where I actually learnt something, cried several times and yet was very happy at the end of the book.

Winter Oranges had an excellent premise so naturally I had to devour this book. A child star, now a washed up actor, falls for a man who has been trapped in a snow globe for over a hundred years. I’m often surprised when said star goes on to have some kind of happy life because doesn’t it seem that Hollywood destroys them much to the delight of the tabloids and tabloid readers? Surely I wasn’t the only one who thought about breaking the snow globe closer to the start of the story?

I enjoyed the characters and could very much relate to Jason’s pining away for his fellow actor Dylan’s heart (Dylan was a player, no?). And it was great that Ben didn’t have a perfect healthy (what with his asthma) body. Also it was nice that this was not insta-love which does get kind of annoying. I do enjoy a sensible slow burn (as opposed to ridiculous) and Jason needed real love in his life and Ben surely did too after over a hundred years going without and luckily Ben was gay too though after that long if I was Ben who would have cared if I had been given a Jason or a Jasmine (of course I'd most likely have skipped this book if it had been a Jasmine... no offense).

I’m pretty sure I had to wipe my sad eyes on my shirt at least once while I read this tale which was kind of nice too that my heart hasn't totally frozen through just yet and Marie can still reach me.

It did kind of nag at me to wonder how Ben’s sister was able to do what she did to... you’d better just read the book to find that out. The genealogical research was a nice touch too.

I’d give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I'm thirsty now

 Gardening with less waterGardening with Less Water: Low-Tech, Low-Cost Techniques; Use up to 90% Less Water in Your Garden by David Bainbridge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why are we not more serious about using less water? What will it take to make us be a little bit smarter about water usage?

I don't know about you but water is pretty important to me and yet I know I could still get so much better with lowering my water use.

Books like this help us learn better ways to lighten up on our use of this precious resource. I'd like to say I read it all in one sitting but I took my time to read through it slowly and understand how I could have better used water, and harvested rainwater, in my previous yards.

This book had a lot of good information though I found it a bit dry (sorry) and I wished there were more examples for me to follow.

There are many other important books out there to read as well such as Brad Lancaster's, Rainwater Harvesting For Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2: Water-Harvesting Earthworks. Lets' face it even a balcony can be a dryland.

Also websites such as Inside Urban Green teach us more about the importance of SIPs (sub-irrigated planters) and there are commercial planters out there like Earthboxes that every balcony gardener should try to have or emulate (EarthTainer anyone?).

Now I'm thirsty and I may just go throw a bucket on my balcony to gather some of the rain that is falling today. Nice.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Who wants to build a tree house?

Microshelters:  59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses and Other Small Structures by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
Who doesn’t want to build a secret fort or tree house?  I’m thinking of building one on my apartment balcony so I can get away from it all.
I’ve always enjoyed Deek’s sense of humor and have followed his website, relaxshacks, for several years.  He's got some Youtube videos out as well and I bet taking a class with him would be lots of fun. 

I enjoyed this book and felt like maybe I could actually be successful building a small structure.  Fine, I ‘d probably mess it up but eventually I think I'd achieve something I could be proud of and this book would help me get there. 

Also I really like the ‘tiny words of wisdom’ from other tiny project people throughout the book and to have all their websites at the end of the book. 

Now I did have to force myself to read through the blueprints at the end of the book (blueprints are kind of boring unless you actually need them) even though I’d need help with those particular projects just like Deek suggested (it’s like he knows me).  Actually I’d need help with most of the projects in the book but Deek made me feel like I could try and fail and still be happy with what I did.  Thanks, Deek. 

This would be a great book (don't go for an ebook with this one) for any coffee table (even on a table you built yourself) and I will recommend it to others.  I’d give this 4 out of 5 stars, a well liked book for me.  

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Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Demon Inside by Rick R. Reed

Male/male romance or M/M romance?  Apparently there are romance books for the gents (and for many ladies apparently... hi, Barb) about the gents.

Until the start of 2015 I'd never read a M/M romance and yes, mine was a rather sheltered life.  I'd like to think I've made up for that and then some in the past few months.

Here is my first M/M book review.

A Demon Inside by Rick R. Reed

Gosh that title could be taken a few different ways.  Did I just write taken?  

Hunter, a wealthy, naive, young man (throw fragile in there too) finds himself almost taken hostage by his own terrors in a mansion he inherited.  As the last of his family line will he survive his own personal demon? 

There were many things I liked about this book.  I liked the setting, a secluded mansion in the woods with a hot man living nearby in a small cottage.  Said hot man, Michael, was so kind and, of course, handsome and, of course, hot after Hunter so naturally I liked, okay, loved Michael.  Even the nice nurse, John, who we got a very brief intro to seemed like I person I’d really like too.  I kind of even liked Hunter’s evil hot doctor.  Is that wrong? 

I also like that this book had an actual story and not just a string of hot sexy times thrown together that moved from room to room or appliance to appliance.  Also readers should be warned about a near rape, make that 2 though the second was the actual act or was it?  You’ll have to read to find that out. 

But I did have a problem with this book.  I almost felt like I sympathized more with Hunter’s demon.  Is that wrong?  I found Hunter a bit too naive though the author carefully helped illustrate why the early twenties aged Hunter was in that state.  I really didn’t like Hunter that much. 

Growing up rather naive myself maybe Hunter’s state just seemed so wrong to me especially what with the wonders of the internet that I lacked in my childhood.  And this novel was set in the age of the internet so my only question is when do we get to read Michael’s story?  Hmm?

Overall I thought the book was okay (I enjoyed Rick R. Reed’s Caregiver a lot more than A Demon Inside) and will probably recommend it to some of my friends but not to others.  I’d give this 3 out of 5 stars, a liked but not loved book for me. 

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A Demon Inside

Monday, August 24, 2015

Write now or read?

I gave up my daily writing around April.  At that time I decided I wanted to move and start fresh in many area of my life.  So I downsized a lot of my possessions including my AlphaSmart Neo.  Looks like I'll now have to write on my computer so maybe it's time for a laptop.

I've been reading lots which always scared me when I was writing because I thought I'd start to write like the author I was reading.  Nope, never happened because I've got my own oh so unique voice.  Insert laughter here.  Actually I really do think we have our own voices but sometimes it's hard to spit that out on the page, just like here.

Hopefully this blog will turn into more of a write with you and read with you type thing.
I'm starting to read and review books from publishers through NetGalley and have been given 2 badges to display.

Pretty neat.  This means, of course, I'll be needing to learn how to do a proper book review and not just writing down if I liked a book or not.  Time to learn.  

Still November is approaching and my fingers want to write so who is with me?
Read, read, read.  Write, write, write.