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Quickie Book Review – Slack by JA Huss

Slack: A Day in the Life of Ford Aston (Rook and Ronin Spin-off)Slack: A Day in the Life of Ford Aston by J.A. Huss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fab as usual

Ford…I desperately needed more Ford and Huss delivered with this quick novella. Of course, now I want even more Ford… so I’m off to find the next book to satisfy my needs. Or some batteries. #FavDamagedMan

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Quickie Book Review – Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads

Hex and the Single Witch (Vehicle City Vampires #1)Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hex and the Single Witch is a steamy, compelling paranormal / Urban fantasy. I enjoyed the setting, cast of interesting characters and, of course, the heat level. The “world” Ms. Rhoads has created is one full of magic and Otherworldly creatures, which live along side the normal humans– so someone has to bridge the divide and try to keep the peace by being part of an elite police unit. And that someone is a witch with limited abilities (or so it may seem), a saucy best friend and Magic-Tech-nerd, an always-flirting partner and a make-you-melt Vamp with a sorrid past. Throw in a few randy hexes and you’ve got yourself all the trappings for a page turner.

Can’t wait to read book two in the series!


Quickie Book Review – The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles, #3)The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The product description is apt– fans of Deborah Harness will enjoy this book because of it’s multi-layered tapestry of magic, love and time travel. Not to mention that the heroine in both series has a scholarly profession. From there though, I’d say the similarities end.

Once again, I’ve read a series book without reading the prior books, but my lack of knowledge didn’t hamper my enjoyment while reading this book. I didn’t get too lost along the way, though I’m sure I would have been a little more emotionally invested in the central love story if I’d read the other two books first.

I truly enjoyed the Scottish/ Fae / Historical aspects of this novel, especially in relation to the “olde tales” discussed throughout. The magical elements were well done and creative, and the writing was seamless. It’s safe to say I was sucked into this novel fairly quickly, and once I was done I was done (several hours later- I’m fast like that)I was sad, like the end of my favorite series had come and gone.

Now, to go back and read the first two books!

(ARC received via Netgalley for review purposes.)

BOOK PUBLICATION DATE : September 3, 2013

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Quickie Book Review – Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRine (Releases Aug 1,2013)

Along Came a Spider (Transplanted Tales, #3)Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book doesn’t come out until the first of August, but I’m likely to forget to review it then, so I’ll do it now!

I really like the world-building and the characters in this novel. The Tales (that’s fairy tale folk, for you guys not in the know) have been transplanted from their realm to our world full of Ordinaries (you and me) and are just trying to fit in and fly under the radar.

Add some power-tripping jerks with badges, a psychotic vampire, fairy-dust trafficking, and a few other familiar surprises, and you have all the makings of a great paranormal read, even without the hotter-than-hot chemistry between the Spider and lil’ Miss Muffet!

I definitely recommend this book for fans of paranormal action/romance!

**I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley for review purposes. No monies were exchanged.**

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Book Review – How Beauty Met the Beast by Jax Garren

How Beauty Met the Beast (Tales of the Underlight, #1)How Beauty Met the Beast by Jax Garren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll have to start this review with an admission… I just realized that I’ve never read a steam punk novel. (I know, I know. I deserve to be drawn and quartered.) With that said, I think this was a good novel to dip my toes into the water with, as I’d imagine hard-core steam punk fans would classify this as being “light” in the Steam-punkery.

I really liked the characters, setting and world building in this novel. The one area that I found lacking probably stems from my own frustrations– but I wish that there had been a bit more in the way of steamy-goodness sprinkled throughout the book. The sexually charged scene near the beginning of the novel was oh-my-lands hot, but from there it was mostly teasing looks and the possibility of something more substantial happening in the future novels.

With that said, I enjoyed this novel enough to read the next one in the series, just to see how things develop from here. Overall, a great read!

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Quickie Book Review – The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

The Burning of Isobel KeyThe Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very nicely done. The juxaposition of past and present were well-done, never jarring or hard to follow. And both time lines were brought nicely together near the end.

My heart ached for Isobel and all that befell her. I was drawn to most of the characters in a similar way. The interaction between the characters felt “true” and complex, like it should. Particularly, the interaction regarding pagan/ Christian beliefs was very well thought out by the author and added another layer of “realness” to the novel.

I’d recommend this novel to anyone who likes women’s fiction, light-historical, or paranormal romances.

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Quickie Book Review – Awakened by Brenda K. Davies

Awakened (Vampire Awakenings, #1)Awakened by Brenda K. Davies

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reminiscent of Beautiful Disaster (but with Vampires) this book captivated me almost from the get-go. I even recommended it to a friend the very next day, as we have similar tastes in paranormal books. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is that at times I felt the book could have stood some pruning of the “-ly” variety — to remove some of the extraneous “softly” and “slowly” type words.


Overall though, the flourishes didn’t detract from the top-notch plot, complex characters or swoon-worthy romance so definitely give this series a try!

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Book Review- H2O by Austin Boyd

H2O the NovelH2O the Novel by Austin Boyd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes I find myself reading a book that, despite having a subject matter or theme that I usually go out of my way to avoid, I can’t stop myself from devouring in one sitting. The novel ‘H2O’ was one such read.

The writing was very evocative, which took the unusual premise to a whole new level. So much so that at times I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading. The writing was fluid (sorry, couldn’t help the pun!) and the plot inventive and one of the most unique ones I’ve read in a long time.

The only drawback for me (and apparently not a big enough one to detract from the rating for me) was the religious undertones that crept into the book about halfway through. I wasn’t expecting that and felt a little like the blurb should have mentioned that fact that the novel could be considered Inspirational. The subtext was of a spiritual nature, but obviously Christian based in a passive way. Again, it gave me pause but otherwise I still think this was a fresh, original book.

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Book Review – Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, #4)Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I usually hate to start mid-series, but I received a review copy of Sacrificial Magical through Net Galley, and since my TBR pile is substantial I just didn’t have the time to go back and read the first three books in this series first.

Given that a lot of the back story was unknown to me, I was still bowled over by this novel. I never (in a million years) thought that I’d not only finish, but thoroughly enjoy, reading a dark novel centered around a pill-popping, damaged heroine. A woman who banishes ghosts for The Church in a post-apocolyptic landscape, hangs out with thugs and has a less-than rosy outlook on life.

But color me wrong. This book, I loved. Probably enough to go back and read the first books in the series, even though I’ll be going backwards in time!

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Weekend Wrap Up

So, STILL LIFE PAINTINGS is live! Well, mostly. The smashwords version and the Barnes & Noble, and Amazon versions are all live now.








On another note, I will be starting a weekly feature that I’m calling Three- Ways Thursdays. (Get your minds out of the gutter, I don’t mean it like that. Mostly) For this weekly segment, I’m going to do a post spotlighting an Indie Author. In three separate ways, we’ll get to know them a little better.

  1. AUTHOR- I’ll find out a little about them personally, what makes them tick, what their life is like, and also what, exactly, makes them Quirky.
  2. BOOK – I’ll feature one of the Indie Author’s books, and maybe a little commentary.
  3. RANDOMNESS – I’ll let the Indie Author speak for themselves.

It should be tons of fun, and I can’t wait to start with the first post this coming week. I even made a banner:





Other than that, it’s late. I’m watching Twister for the ump-teenth time, and I purposely stayed sober all through a pool party today just so I could work on the business side of publishing without gibberish working its way into my hard work later. See, dedication is my middle name.

Well, actually its Victoria, but nobody needs to know that. 🙂