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text 2017-06-29 17:42
To go all-in or not?
Lincoln's Trident: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War - Robert M. Browning Jr.

A few weeks back I discovered what amounts to a siren's call for me of a multi-volume history series of which I was unaware. In this case it's a three-volume history of the Union Navy's blockade of the Confederacy, an aspect of the Civil War that was a major factor in its outcome. Once upon a time I would have spent the money to acquire it sight unseen; now I'm wiser and I used my ways to get the third volume for free. I'm reading it now (fortunately it's not sequential), and I'm trying to determine whether I should go all-in and get the other volumes.


Only I can't decide whether I want them or not.


For me, deciding whether or not to buy a book requires answering three questions regarding accessibility (do I want/need to have it available to me at a moment's notice?), readability (is this a book that I will enjoy returning to?), and utility (is this useful enough to keep as a resource?). Not all three answers have to be in the affirmative, but the books I own need to meet two of the three criteria to justify a presence on the finite amount of shelf space I possess.


The problem with Browning's series is that it's proving difficult to answer any of those questions. So far it seems that his books are more narrative than analysis, consisting of the efforts by the naval squadrons on station to interdict trade. I'm enjoying reading about these encounters, but I was hoping it would incorporate a look at the logistical challenges of maintaining the effort (which Browning references in passing but doesn't seem interested in explaining), descriptions of what life was like for the sailors, or a broader examination of the impact of the blockade on Confederate commerce overall. Nor are his descriptions of his battles all that detailed; Browning knows his limits as a writer and doesn't purple his prose in an effort to sensationalize his text. These factors point me to to the conclusion that I should pass on getting the other volumes and rely upon libraries should I ever want to read them.


And then I start to think, "But it's three volumes! On an interesting subject! And I already own the most expensive one!" So then I find myself right back where I started, with my finger hovering over the proverbial "Purchase" button and unable to either press it or move my hand away.


Oh, well, perhaps the answer will be clearer after I read another 100 pages.

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review 2016-07-25 21:33
Destroy Me (Crystal Gulf #1) by Shana Vanterpool
Destroy Me (Crystal Gulf Book 1) - Shana Vanterpool




Bach lives his life with honesty and without restraints, happy to be known as a sexy as all hell, unapologetic asshole.

When he drinks, he drinks hard.

When he wants a woman, he makes sure she knows it.

When he opens his mouth, it’s either to piss someone off or to turn someone on.

You can normally find him with one hand on a bottle and one hand on a woman, trying to forget his past.

Harley Evans is a twenty-one-year-old year old college student. She's a good girl who fell hard for Dylan, who’d promised her forever. But Dylan, Bach’s best buddy, lied.

He enlisted in the Army, crushing Harley with equal parts anger and sadness. She’d already lost her father to that choice. Heartbroken, she falls back into depression.

Stuck in Crystal Gulf all summer with little to do, Harley needs a distraction. Enter Bach, sexy as f*#ck distraction, ready and willing.

Dylan’s not all bad though. Before he left, he asked Bach to watch out for Harley, knowing she’d never go for a guy like Bach. She’s too good for him. Too good for anyone.

But Dylan was wrong. He never should have left them together. Bach is there to pick up the pieces Dylan left behind. Soon pieces aren't enough. He wants more, needs more Harley.




I really had a love-hate relationship with this book. It was total roller coaster ride all the way through. Bach was a rough character to read. He is pretty dark and damaged and is pretty much self-destructing throughout the book. But the more we learn about him the more we can understand where he is coming from and just want to help him. It is a long hard, heart breaking journey for sure. I was not sure what to think of Harley and really didn’t like the way she handled it when Dylan enlisted. She was a real brat in my eyes. I was not a huge fan of her at all. But it did work well for the book Overall, while it was a very dark book it was still very enjoyable and I liked it as a lot, it was heartbreaking and yet fun to read. If you like a darker romance, than I recommend this book.

I rate it 3 ½ ★


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url 2015-11-09 12:56
Trilogies and Tribulations: a Conversation with Julie E. Czerneda & Karina Sumner-Smith
This Gulf of Time and Stars - Julie E. Czerneda
Towers Fall - Karina Sumner-Smith

When writers get together, shop talk is a given. We each have our own styles and approaches. We all learn from one another. Case in point: trilogies…with occasional tribulation!


Just because we Canadians are so darn pleasant and polite, we have not one, not two, but three prizes to giveaway! 


Just click through to read the whole conversation, and enter to win!

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review 2015-09-18 18:39
The Complete Package - Island Secrets by R T Wolfe
Island Secrets (The Island Escape Series, Book 1) - R.T. Wolfe



The vibrant yellow color on the cover of Island Secrets by R T Wolfe jumped out at me and made me check this out further. I do judge a book by its cover, at least my first impression. The cover can make me read on or pass it over for the next book.


I love stories that have anything to do with the water, so as I read the blurb, I wanted to read it even more.


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Island Secrets by R T Wolfe




I recommend this for adults due to the sex scenes. They are not necessarily erotic, but more romantic and important to the story.


OMG, a tropical island, treasure, murder, mystery and romance. Island Secrets is the complete package. Once I started, I could not stop until the last sentence was read.


Zoe is a boat captain and was a scuba instructor and guide, until she sold out to Dane after the death of her brother. She felt the guilt for letting him dive alone and was determined to find out what happened. She would not rest until she found his body.


Zoe can be a bit pushy, lol, which is putting it mildly. She refuses to be kowtowed to and coddled. She is not a hardcore, kickass ninja type, just independent and tough.


Dane is a treasure hunter. So why did he buy the business and why isn't he out finding treasure? I think we know. He found Zoe infuriating and, oh so, desirable.


The small town cop was lazy and incompetent, but ruled his domain like a king. Ilbis Island is a small community and like all small towns, everyone knew everyone's business. So...what's the big secret?


What a job, cruising on the Gulf, watching the dolphins frolicking, checking out the birds at the sanctuary and I sure do wish I was on the tour with Zoe.


The dance scene with Dane and Joe was sizzling HOT! When they finally hooked up, I couldn't help but breathe a sigh of relief. I won't call this is a spoiler, because we all know it is going to happen. The sexual tension had been so thick you could cut it with a knife.


I love that R T Wolfe included all the wonders of Florida, not just the gorgeous turquoise water, but the bird life, loggerhead and green turtles and the need to protect them and the sea oats and dunes that help to save the beaches the casual way they dressed, half naked, the open air bars, the pleas to not on the dunes, use special lights so the turtle don't go the wrong way when they emerge from the sand.... It's as if I am living the life, well I pretty much am. It is all so familiar, except the skull and the murder. When Zoe walked on the beach, I felt the sand between my toes, the water rolling over my feet and the breeze heavy with salt in the air, coating my skin.


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I have driven over the Skyline Bridge, just to say I did it. It is a beautiful view, with miles of water and I was lucky enough to be there at sunset.


I was so engrossed in the book I could not put it down until I found the answers I knew wouldn't come until the end. What a fantastic journey it was. I wanted to sit at the bar with Dane, Zoe and her family. I wanted to lick my wrist, sprinkle the salt, lick the salt, down the shot of tequila and suck the lime wedge, chatting about what we did that day. It brings back such good memories to me. I have been there, done that, all while looking out over the Gulf and enjoying the salty air.


I loved this book, the writing was descriptive and detailed, putting gorgeous pictures in my mind. The mystery is still alive for Book II, but Island Secrets story was told. I received a copy of Island Secrets by R T Wolfe in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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When Zoe Clearwater learns that the skull she found in an underwater cave is her missing brother, she sells her scuba diving business, Sun Trips Touring, and dedicates herself to unravelling her brother's mysterious death. Dane Corbin, the new owner of Sun Trips, is determined to prove to Zoe, now his employee, that he is not the womanizer he once was. But it'll take more than profit to turn Zoe's head. Her investigation at a standstill, Zoe unearths letters from a secret lover among her brother's possessions, along with plane tickets, a promise to run away to safety, and the painful realization that she'll need Dane's help. As mercurial clues plunge Zoe and Dane into a life-threatening pursuit and the truth burns brighter and brighter, Zoe recognizes she needs Dane as much as her brother's un-named lover needed him. But Dane will have to make it to safety, first.


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The muscles in his body reflexively tensed as he recognized the faint shade of dark blue that tinted her fingers and lips.


"Hey." His hair dripped water on her face as he maneuvered over her and gave her a shake. "Zoe. What the hell? Are you okay?"


Her eyes rolled in his direction. She looked as if she'd seen a body. "Don't call me Babe," she croaked.


An unwanted smile spread across his face and, despite himself, he brushed the strands of hair from her smooth cheek. Checking the area, he spotted her pure oxygen tank under the boat dash. As he crawled to it, he noticed the expiration date was months away. At least she followed some rules. Her hand swatted him as he maneuvered the nosepiece under her nostrils.


"I feel fine," she whined.


"You won't soon. You ascended too quickly. I can tell. Breathe this, or you're going to feel it."


Of all things, she lifted her arm like she was checking for her frigging camera. Her lids closed when she spotted it on her arm. He hoped it was a sign of defeat as he slipped the oxygen tube around her head.


He glanced over his shoulder to make sure all was well with his boat, then searched for her cell in her bag. He couldn't leave his divers, and he couldn't leave Zoe. Knowing what he was doing, she grabbed his hand and shook her head. Cats' eyes the color of the green water pleaded with him.


"I've got a boat out, Zoe. How do you think I found you? I have six divers in the water. I can't leave them there with only my assistant."


She let go and her eyes drifted closed again. Life was much easier before she talked him into buying out her business, before she started working for him.







R.T. was born and raised in the beautiful Midwest, the youngest of six ornery children. She married at a young age and began her family short after With three amazing small boys, life was a whirlwind of flipping houses and working two jobs in between swim lessons and Candyland. Now that her boys are nearly grown, R.T. spends much of her time on the road traveling from one sporting event to another serving as mom and cheerleader. She works to assist the several non-profit organizations that have supported her books and promote the work they do for those who cannot help themselves. Website / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest






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