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Book Review: Sudden Traveler: Stories by Sarah Hall

Sudden Traveler by Sarah Hall
Sudden Traveler by Sarah Hall
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Title: Sudden Traveler: Stories
Author: Sarah Hall
Genre: Short Stories

Publisher: HarperCollins
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

I received this ARC from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Sudden Traveler is a beautiful collection of short stories interwoven by the delicately threaded narrative that speaks the language of feminine identity. Each story is an exploration of the essence of female embodiment. Not focusing on sex as gender but rather the classification, agency, violation, sorority, disambiguate, and celebration of what makes a being a woman.

These short stories range in tone by the narrator of each tale. Written in a way that a mother might tell her daughter or a sister to her own; every story is told as one would hear them mouth to ear. Spoken. Some of the voices are broken and distant as they describe the defilement of their innocence. Other voices burn with fervor as the woman is forged into a weapon of her defense. And some are the soft murmurs of affection, if not acceptance.

‘The greatest betrayal of all is to disaffiliate’

The Grotesques
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Book Review: A Hurt So Sweet Vol. 2 by Betti Rosewood

A Hurt So Sweet Volume 2 by Betti Rosewood
A Hurt So Sweet Vol. 2 by Betti Rosewood
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Title: A Hurt So Sweet (Elite of Eden Falls Prep Vol.2)
Author: Betti Rosewood
Genre: Dark High School Bully Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

I received this novel from Booksprout in exchange for an honest review.

Because my review of this series book one was extensive and not favorable I am reviewing this second book against the first. I will not be repeating former criticisms in grudge form so any comments herein are specific to Volume Two.

You know when you are fully aware that something awful is happening but you have hopes that some divine intervention will save you from the horror? Well, the cliffhanger of Volume One did its job and allowed the moment of dire catastrophe to breathe. It gave the reader the hope that ill-will would somehow dissolve. Betti Rosewood is not going to be your white knight and just as Pandora is screwed and bound for destruction so are we as readers. We will not be saved and at this point, divinity has forsaken us all.

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Cover Reveal: Sea Planes Don’t Fly at Night by Clare and Jeff Curtis

Sea Planes Don't Fly by Clare Curtis Jeff Curtis
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Title: Sea Planes Don’t Fly at Night
Author: Clare and Jeff Curtis
Genre: Non-Fiction Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: October 20, 2019

Synopsis:

It was a small decision that changed their lives forever.

Successful young couple Jeff and Clare Curtis are enjoying a romantic babymoon in the Maldives when Clare goes into premature labour, nine weeks early. The nearest hospital is a storm-ridden boat ride away,as it soon becomes clear that the lives of mother and child are in jeopardy. Can they get medical help in time?

With the storm continuing to rage, the events that follow stretch Clare and Jeff’s mental, emotional and physical limits to breaking point. Working as a team, they call on their own resources, the assistance of strangers and even divine intervention – whatever it takes to save the life of their unborn child.

Clare and Jeff have written this book to thank the many people who did what they could to help save the life of their premature baby. In a world where segregation and violence are often seen as commonplace, the world they discovered was one of kindness and support. Join them on their personal journey back into the depths of their worst fears, as they retell their quest to save the life of their child and bring him home alive.

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Guest Post: Laura Bickle’s Glittery Ghoul Donuts

Flesh by Laura Bickle

When I saw vampire donuts come across a friend’s Facebook feed, I knew that I had to give them a try. I’ve had my own share of Pinterest disasters, to be certain, but I think this is something I can handle. The worst thing that could possibly happen would be that I’d have a dozen mangled donuts, right? I could eat all the evidence before anyone was the wiser.

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Book Blitz: Flesh by Laura Bickle

Flesh by Laura Bickle
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Title: Flesh
Author: Laura Bickle
Genre: YA Horror
Release Date: September 19, 2017

Synopsis:

The dead are easy to talk to. Live people, not so much.

Charlie Sulliven thinks she knows all the secrets of the dead. Raised in a funeral home, she’s the reluctant “Ghoul Girl,” her reputation tied to a disastrous Halloween party. But navigating her life as a high school sophomore is an anxiety-inducing puzzle to her. She haunts the funeral
home with her parents, emo older brother, Garth, their pistol-packing Gramma, and the glass-eyeball-devouring dachshund, Lothar.

Chewed human bodies are appearing in her parents’ morgue…and disappearing in the middle of the night. The bodies seem tied to a local legend, Catfish Bob, who has resurfaced in the muddy Milburn river near Charlie’s small town. When one of Charlie’s classmates, Amanda, awakens in the cooler as a flesh-eating ghoul, Charlie must protect her newfound friend and step up to unravel the mystery…and try to avoid becoming lunch meat for the dead.

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Guest Post: Angela Smith Author of Dark Justice

Dark Justice by Angela Smith

Angela Smith Guest Post:

Angela Smith
Author of Dark Justice

I went to the eye doctor the other day. I’ve been going to that office for at least twenty-five years now, and even though the staff changes, I’ve only been through two actual doctors, and they are related. The first retired, but his son-in-law took over. 

I’ve known them a long time, so while the conversation we had might feel odd for some patients, for me it was completely natural. 

Last year, he went through an unexpected divorce. So what did he do? He decided that three weeks out of the year he would do something adventurous. He calls it adventurous, but some would call it crazy. This October, he is visiting Peru. In June, he visited Sumatra. He’s done a few other things and I lamented that I’m not near that adventurous. 

My first comment to him when he said he went to Sumatra was did you get to enjoy the coffee? Because I love coffee and Sumatran is one of my favorites. He said “Oh you mean the cat?” And I’m confused. No. I mean the coffee.  Then he explains to me that there is a certain coffee bean in Sumatra where an endangered cat eats the leaves of this bean and poops it out. They then take that poop and extract the beans or what have you, and they brew coffee. In New York, you can buy one cup of this coffee for $800. He got to try it for free.

I have cats. I love my cats. But I’m not sure I’d want to try anything, including a rare coffee bean, from their poop.

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Book It: #TMBT Melissa Marr 2008 at Vroman’s Bookstore

❤ Take Me Back Tuesday ❤

Melissa Marr Ink Exchange @ Vroman's Bookstore 2008
Melissa Marr @ Vroman’s Bookstore 2008

⬳ June 2, 2008 I went to Melissa Marr’s book signing for Ink Exchange at Vroman’s in Pasadena. I was crazy excited about it and wrote about it on my online VOX journal (VOX was sold to typepad and my journal was then moved there), so I have proof of my fangirl brain explosion. But here are some photos from the Vroman’s event as well as my Wicked Lovely collection. The books have survived numerous moves despite the occasional wholesale obliteration of our book collection to avoid hauling them between apartments. Fear not–we donate them to the library, we do not actually obliterate novels.

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New Release: One More Song by C.M. Seabrook

One More Song by CM Seabrook
One More Song by CM Seabrook
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Title: One More Song
Author: C.M. Seabrook
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2019

Synopsis:

My band, Absinthe, is sent to the middle of nowhere to get our shit together.
It’s time to keep my cock in my pants, my head on straight, and to stay out of trouble.
Hard to do when the landlord is Ember Skye.
Long brown hair, eyes flecked with gold.
One look and she has me, heart and soul.

Fire burns.
But when I’m with this girl?
There’s a heat I’ve never known before.

She’s a single mom carrying it all on her own with an ex on her heels.
I want to help, be the man she needs.
I’m all wrong for her.
She knows it and I know it.
But people change.
Or do they?

I’ve run out of second chances.
But we’re Ember & Ash.
It’s time to fan this flame.

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New Release: Scarred by Drew Elyse

Scarred by Drew Elyse
Scarred by Drew Elyse
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Title: Scarred (Sailor’s Grave #3)
Author: Drew Elyse
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2019

Synopsis:

TRAUMA HAS A WAY OF LEAVING ITS MARK.
It took years to do it, but I can finally look in a mirror
and see more than just the scars.
If only that were true for the rest of the world.
The whispers, the stares, the pity they’re familiar now.
Except his eyes don’t linger, his demeanor never changes.
Maybe that’s why I trust him
and take the leap to move in with a virtual stranger.
A stranger who might be more scarred than I am.


YET NOT ALL SCARS ARE LEFT ON THE SURFACE.
The day I got a spot at Sailor’s Grave Tattoo Parlor, I had everything.
A roof over my head, an honest living, a few friends.
The times when I went without no longer factored.
Until she comes into my life.
Until I offer her a place to stay.
Until she draws me in with that blinding light inside her,
and almost makes me forget
to keep the past in the dark where it belongs.

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