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text 2018-09-29 14:32
Get the Best Piano Lessons from the Experts of This Realm

Have you ever imagined a life without music, no? The life sans music would be more of a dull affair and it would seem like something is missing. Music is like therapy for us, it soothes the chaotic minds by relieving us from any kind of tensions, pain, and grief. Moreover, the people can connect with the right music, its lyrics or its words. But learning music is rarely considered as important as the other educational subjects.

But today there are a lot of firms that provide the best piano lessons New Orleans to the interested minds or someone who yearns for learning the music. According to recent studies, the piano lessons could improve or enhance the spatial skills of the people for a specific time period. The results are kind of indication, that the prolonged exposure of music learning to the students could improve their understanding levels in other subjects as well.

The piano is an instrument that could be considered as an art, where the learning improves the person’s concentration as well as adds to the increased self-esteem. Another added advantage is that, when you are involved in learning music or getting piano lessons Metairie, it adds to your creativity altogether. When such things happen, the child can extend its wings to the better imagination as well as concepts that provide a sound as well as the innovative idea. All you have to do is to enroll your child in such learning activities and classes. Today, it is an appalling sight to witness, that these music learning’s activities have just vanished from the current curriculum. If you are someone who has an interest in learning music but couldn’t find a good tutor, then look no more and contact Lorien Music Lessons. It is a renowned name when it comes to being known as a tutor who teaches piano as well as violin.

Moreover, they strive to offer pro learning environment where the people can learn where they are most comfortable at. Not only this, they believe that it’s never late to learn music, the kids and adults at no matter what age are eligible to enroll in their classes. The qualified instructors are what you need, to learn the art step by step. Apart from this, they offer a unique and best selection of songs on your wedding day or any other special events. Therefore, it is one of the trusted names that offer the best piano classes New Orleans to interested students at affordable fees.

For more information, visit Musiclessonsnola.com

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review 2018-09-21 12:45
DRAWING BLOOD by Poppy Z. Brite, narrated by Matt Godfrey
Drawing Blood: A Novel - Matt Godfrey,Crossroad Press,Poppy Z. Brite

A good old haunted house story is something I've always loved, so when the narrator of this tale offered me a chance to listen to the audio in exchange for a review, I jumped at it. Poppy Z. Brite is an author I've heard a lot about and I've been wanting to read his work for quite some time. I learned a few things while reading this book and one of them is that Poppy Z. Brite can write.

 

Trevor is a young man returning to the house where his mother and brother were killed 20 years ago. Shortly after his arrival in Missing Mile, his old hometown, he meets a young computer hacker on the run, named Zach. The two immediately feel a connection and together they go to face Trevor's childhood home. What will they find there? Is the house actually haunted? You will have to read this to find out. 

 

While the writing quality here was good, I have to admit that I was disappointed in the story itself. This is not the author's fault, nor the narrator's,  it was my sky high expectations. I expected a scary as hell story- and while there was a little darkness,  there was way too much romance for me. I don't mind explicit sex scenes, (gay or straight),  if they are integral to the story. Now I totally get the term insta-love. These two just met, one of them a virgin, and before you know it they are going at it at a breakneck pace. And going at it again. And again. The sexy times were sexy, don't get me wrong but after a while they finally led me to ask "Can we get to the horror already?"

 

Eventually, we did get to the horror, but after such a long build, it failed to move me much. I'm not sure if I was just bored by that point, or if all the romance had inured me to what should have been an exciting finale. 

 

The narration by Matt Godfrey was excellent as always, I especially loved his Jamaican accent. Yeah, mon! 

 

As I said, I did like the writing, and in a few spots it was nearly lyrical. From what I understand this is one of Poppy Z. Brite's, (now he goes by the name Billy Martin), earlier works. While I didn't find this novel to be a true horror story, I'm told his later works definitely are and I will be tracking those down in the future, maybe even the near future. 

 

Recommended, as long as you're not looking for a horror tale and you don't mind a lot of romance and sexy times! 

 

*Thanks to Matt Godfrey for the audio of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2018-07-28 00:44
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Browne
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown

Tells the story that most of us are now familiar with. The artwork uses water colors so nothing is defined, especially people. That makes the work less impactful, as there is very little emotion coming from the pages. The most defined people were the politicians. It felt too emotionally distant and academic for me.

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text 2018-07-23 10:12
24 in 48 Read-a-thon Update #2
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner
Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives Book 1) - Amanda Dykes
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano

Update #2

 

I got another 50 minutes of reading in while doing the laundry. I spent it reading Just Mercy as that has been on July's TBR pile for the longest. 

 

Highlights

Books read: 4; 2 graphic novels, 2 ebooks

Time read: 4 hours and 55 minutes

Challenges: 0

 

Next is to review another bunch of books for COYER and get ready for BoB23 (August).

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Update #1

 

I got 30 minutes of reading done yesterday morning (yay kids' swim class!). That was it. So to make an even small dent in this read-a-thon, I cleared my calendar for today so I could read. So far today I have read for 3 hours and 35 minutes and got a lot done. I've read Drowned City: Hurrican Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown (graphic novel), Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner (graphic novel), finished Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale by Amanda Dykes (historical romance), and At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano (historical romance).

 

Probably won't get to anymore reading until I go do laundry tonight, so maybe one more update from me. I hope all my fellow participants in 24 in 48 are doing well and getting books off their TBR done.

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review 2018-06-27 03:57
not for me
A New Orleans Threesome - Louisa Bacio

Lily had been walking to a job interview on Bourbon street when some drunk guys were flagging her down to go party with them. She felt the power flow through her. Then she knew their thoughts and what they had planned for her. Power came out f her hands and broke the windshield of the car and threw the guy that was out of the car backwards. Then Lily took off running and went into the store and decided to forget the interview. Trevor was a werewolf and his lover Lawrence/Law was a vampire who was one hundred and fifty years old and had been thirty when he had been turned. In their level downstairs from the store they ran an after hours book store. Lily told Trevor she had come to them for help. Trevor could tell she wasn’t human and felt the power in her. Lily ended up shattering a lightbulb as her powers grew whens he was frightened or frustrated. Lily said Trevor was a werewolf and Lawrence a vampire and she had come for a reason- for their help. She had said she had read about the two of them and their bookstore and then she started having dreams about them and her dreams had led her there. Lily felt if she didn’t get control of her power she would end up killing someone. Trevor had been living on the streets and Law find him beaten almost to death in an alley. Now Trevor wanted to help any other who needed any help. Law embodied the cool and and collected whereas Trevor lived in the wild ruled by his emotions. Trevor offered to let Lily stay with then as she needed support and security’ They also gave her a jon=b to work the store in the daylight hours. Lily got up at night for a drink and saw the men having sex and then she watched every night as for some reason Lily couldn’t complete the act of having sex no one or no toy would give her relief. Both men desired Lily and asked her if she wanted to join them. Lily had been plagued by the same  nightmare for years. But recently it had grown more frequent. The demon of her dreams wanted her purity, her virginity, her soul. Law was working on figuring Lily out and her powers and otherness. He felt part of ehr was a witch. Lily’s research kept bringing her back to the Greek God Arimanius, something about the black and white drawing reminded Lily of the demon in her nightmare. Arimanius was listed as a God of the underworld. Trevor,Lily, and Lawrence had grown up without a traditions family and now they were drawn together.

I must have picked this up on accident as I don’t care for M/M sexual relationships or menages. This was more of a rerotic read for me. The relationships between Lily, Trevor, and Law seemed slow moving to me. I basically skipped the sex scenes just not for me. I did enjoy the authors descriptions of New Orleans and the different articles both Lily and Law researched. This was a quick read just didn’t enjoy the M/M and M/F/M. In the end this just wasn’t for me. Also I was disappointed how the ending felt so rushed. I am sure others will enjoy this but as I said this just wasn’t for me.

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