Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

oh my heart strings!! this book.....

A self-absorbed mother and a father with alcohol and gambling problems, supports the argument that some people aren't suited to be parents. Leonard is an only child and doesn't have many other support people he can count on. He is an angry young man, a loner, but it wasn't always like this. His teenage years have resulted in a downward spiral that cements his desire to end his life and take someone else out too .

Leonard doesn't fit in with his peers and being different is not easy. On his birthday he hopes for some small acknowledgement that his life matters. He hopes that his mother remembers his birthday, would cook him pancakes. Small redeeming acts to compensate for parental neglect. It is a reminder that negative words and acts have an influence, and these will have more power to destroy the vulnerable and neglected.

This is a story of fear and sadness, of the conclusions scared kids make when they think they're out of options, but it's also a story of the hope of humanity, the beauty and potential of human decency. It's a story that hits close to home.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I stumbled upon this book while looking for a new audio book on my overdrive app. I love Karin slaughter so I thought why not?! I more even more excited when it was only 2 hours! score!

This is a short story prequel to Pretty Girls and takes us through the day Julia Carroll went missing. She did things a typical nineteen-year-old would do - went to classes, went out that night with her roommate and best friend, Nancy. She thought about her younger sisters and how she should look out for them more and what they would do together that weekend. Although she had lots of different things going on in her life, her mind always came back to Beatrice Oliver. She went missing five weeks ago and it terrified Julia that a girl her own age could walk out the door and not return and can't be found.

i held my breath the last several pages as the ending became apparent

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

A Darker Shade of Evil Tour

About A Darker Shade of Evil

Deadly demons, diabolical devils and other creatures of the night will hold you spellbound in this one-of-a-kind anthology. In a world of dark delights, they trifle in forbidden passion, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and International Bestselling Authors, these stories of sexy alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages. Devils, demons and their lethal hunters will draw you into their conquests, twisted deceptions, scorching heat, and yes, even love.

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* Heat Rating: Spicy to Erotic Romance
* No Cliffhangers

* Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now

Including stories from USA Today and Bestselling Authors

Khardine Gray, USA Today Bestselling Author– Alone In The Dark
Dariel Raye – USA Today Bestselling Author – The Devil Upstairs
Lori Titus USA Today Bestselling Author - Talons
Muffy Wilson – USA Today Bestselling Author – Succubus Unleashed
Keta Diablo – Bestselling Author – I Spy A Demon
Marilyn Harlow– Bestselling Author – Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Gracen Miller – Bestselling Author - Hex
Michelle Scott – Bestselling Author – The Demon’s Prisoner
Katherine Smits – Bestselling Author – Siren Descending


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Izzy in El Mareo virtual book tour

“The plane descended over the ocean, a deep, gorgeous blue fading into a turquoise hue as it neared the shoreline.”

There is something emotional about the ocean.  Whether standing at the point where it breaks upon a shore, or seeing it’s expansive ever-changing characteristics from the window of a plane, or floating on it in a boat or inner tube.  The ocean is mystical and deep and is a place I like go to reflect and listen.  Some may call it meditation, but I call it finding myself in her strength.  Energy is never created nor destroyed and all we are is energy.  Sometimes high energy buzzing with excitement or anger or irritation, and sometimes peaceful calm waves of satisfied energy and love.  Opening this novel by asking the reader to go to this place in their own mind was intended to set the stage based on where they are as the open the book.  Is their ocean choppy and churning with angst as it crashes on the shore, or are they contemplative and calm on the surface in the deepest blue?  My hope is they will find themselves in the pages of Izzy with similar feelings, similar experiences, and perhaps similar poor choices or situations that lead them to face their own deep ocean within themselves.  No matter where they are starting their journey with Izzy, this opening is intended to start the reader down that path of self-reflection.  Since most of Izzy’s turning points take place on the water or near the water I wanted that thread to be introduced very early on and weave its way through the story, pulling the reader along with it.  Water is life-giving and a source of sustainability for our cultures, our food and our history and is naturally a phenomenon we are attracted to.  Yet, we are still exploring and searching and wondering and discovering more about it each year.  I hope that is what each of my readers does with in themselves.  If they don’t yet, perhaps reading Izzy will be their first opportunity to do so.  It must be done intentionally with the desire to grow, even when it’s uncertain and scary and deep.  




  1. Where did/do you grow up /live now? San Antonio
  2. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Lawyer or weather girl or sales professional
  3. What is your education/career background? Churchill HS; The University of Texas at Austin (BS in Public Relations with a concentration in Spanish); John Maxwell Group Certified Speaker/Trainer/Coach; 15 years in hospitality mostly in Sales
  4. Do you have kids and/or pets? 2 fur babies – Cali our 11 year old golden retriever and Cole our 1 ½ year old rescue crazy dog
  5. On a Friday night, what are you most likely to be doing? You can find me on the couch with my hubby and puppies with a bottle of wine (or two!)
  6. What do you like to do when you are not writing? Dance!  I love dancing, yoga, working out, watching sports, walking our dogs… anything to be outside when the weather is nice.
  7. Who are some of your favorite authors? Jennifer Crusie, Brene Brown, Jennifer Weiner, John Maxwell
  8. Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it? Traveling so much for my 15-year career the bucket list is ever-changing and typically places I’d love to see.  Experiences like Paris, Italian wine country, Mallorca, Seychelles, Napa, Chile… I’d love to see The Masters live, take my mom to NYC at Thanksgiving, have babies…

What writing your book taught you

It’s funny that I say I want my readers to learn to love themselves and gain self-confidence by seeing their mistakes and their shame in words on these pages lived out by someone else.  Really, this whole thing started as a healing journey for me.  I had overcome and learned a lot about myself after living in Mexico, then I lost it again and found myself in one more controlling relationship that I ended up married into.  I needed to re-set and re-group to understand where I had lost myself once the divorce was final.  It was time to write the book and remind myself how strong I am, how resilient I am, and who I am continuing to become.  I might have to learn the same lesson over and over again in different phases of life, but if I can become intentional and spend time reflecting on what I’ve learned, I am bound to learn and grow into a better version of me each time...eventually!  I learned that we don’t have to have all the answers to get started.  We just have to start!  And the beauty that comes from not knowing is the doorway to what it could become.  Having all that structure can be comforting, but also restricting.  Whether you’ve built your personal structure around what looks popular on Instagram or whether it’s based upon what your parents said was good, or even if you’ve created a framework to live by behind hardened walls from your own disappointments. Like the “pirate code” from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, “they’re more like guidelines.”  If we can let things flow and be open to other ideas while staying true to our core selves, we can overcome anything!  Writing this book also taught me a lot about moving forward, even tiny steps, means you’re still going forward.  I would struggle with writer’s block or write a section, then hate it and delete it all.  I would feel overwhelmed about the idea of sitting down for hours to write another full chapter so I would avoid it and find other things that needed to be done.  What I really had to learn was the discipline of just taking a few minutes, a few lines, without holding myself to a strict schedule, was the freedom within the framework I needed to be successful.  I also didn’t share my journey of writing with many people.  It was my personal experience and it was better for me to experience it pure and raw without anyone else’s opinion haunting me.  What that helped reinforce for me was that boundaries are also critical to one’s life.  Not walls, not open gates anyone can walk through, but a nice fence that you can open and close when needed. Sometimes it’s okay to close the gate and peacefully love what’s happening within.  Lastly, this was the most humbling experience as I exposed my personal feelings and a piece of work that was all mine to then have it edited and changed and made better.  I struggled often with hurt feelings and irritations which were simply my ego wanting to be right.  In the end I was shown without a doubt that one person cannot go it alone and that many minds are always better than one.  It’s okay to allow others to help make me better, especially when they are experts in something that I am not!  Letting go of that brought me freedom.  And a great book!


Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: The Dolls

The Dolls The Dolls by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm really starting to love the bookshots. The short stories make it very easy to plow through a book during a work day.

This on..... creepy.....

we are moving toward a generation that is completely computerized and I am always making comments the computers are going to take over the world..... in this case... dolls.....

would you buy a doll, custom made to look like a beautiful woman, who can talk to you and have some feelings and do whatever you ask for, even sexually, without complaining......

great huh?

well that's what these guys thought to... until... it turned deadly.......

a page turning thriller about robotic dolls that are humanized and what happens when they take things into their own hands.....

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Review: Cow Trumps and Sheep Burps: Jackson's Diary #1

Cow Trumps and Sheep Burps: Jackson's Diary #1 Cow Trumps and Sheep Burps: Jackson's Diary #1 by D.M. Burdett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from booksirens in exchange for an honest review.

First of all I judged a book by its title and cover....I know, I know... but I'm like 12 years old and a boy mom so of course a book about cow farts and sheep burps peaked my interest......

Every chapter of this book had a little picture of an animal farting... yes... farting... I giggled at every chapter and I'm sure any child reading this book will be in love.... because I loved it....

This book was about a group of childhood boys who are trying to uncover who is stealing the cows from his friends farm. The main character is Jackson and he has a little brother and his mother is dating a butcher named Boris.

The boys do a steak out at the farm and catch the bad guys in the act of stealing the cows and almost get hurt. They did hear where they are hiding the cows and have to convinced their parents to be ungrounded to check it out.

Little did these boys know that they were about to uncover a plot to take over the world through methane.... yes... methane..... and by the title of the book you discovered how they are getting the methane......

Will the boys save the cows and the world? will Jackson find out what Boris the boyfriend's secret is?

Must read to find out!

I could not be more excited to read the next book.

A fun read that any child would enjoy. A must in all school libraries!

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ella's parents died in a fire and she's believed that her whole life, until the charismatic yet shy, Alec comes into town blowing up her entire world.

Ella’s family has a condition called synesthesia, which means she can read your auras, based on how your feeling. Her mother had it (her ability was to see when people where cheating/lying, which made her insurance business boom). Her grandmothers ability had to do with voice tones.

The story is spent one 2 points of views, Ella’s and Alec.

Through out the book they try and figure out who killed Ella’s parents and why Alec is so interested in Ella and her family.

It was a very interesting mystery and took a very long time to get the “thriller” of the book which comes at a severe plot twist at the end.

All and all it was a pretty good read.

Stick with it, the ending was worth the read.

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