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text 2018-11-14 13:48
REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Soul Song (Soul Mate Tree #10) by Mikea Howard
Soul Song - Mikea Howard

EXCERPT:

 

Dottie wiped the tears from her face. Damn him, and damn his floosy too. She’d do what her mother constantly threatened her stepdad with, and remove his cock to wear it proudly on a chain around her neck.

 

I jus’ gotta find a way out of this kooky forest first.

 

Making her way back onto her feet, she dusted off her dress in a mindless motion. The fabric passed beneath her strokes smooth and dirt free. She studied the once vibrant red dress she’d worn on stage. The satin now appeared drab and colorless. Her bare feet peeked from beneath its hem, as clean as the moment she’d dabbed them dry from her bath. The blind sprint from her dressing room, across town, and up the hill, should have left them covered in filth.

 

In exasperation, she threw her arms in the air. “Swell. I mus’ be dead and I’m . . .”

 

She moved away from the tree to scrutinize her surroundings. As much as Dottie hoped she’d end up in heaven, her mother always insisted that, as a willful child trying to pass as something she wasn’t, her final destination would be a bit further down.

The sensation of electricity passing through the air made every hair stand on end as a matter-of-fact reply came from behind. “No, you aren’t dead, but you’re not exactly alive either. You’re in a realm known as the in-between.”

 

Spinning around, Dottie came face to face with a stranger. Like the tree, he appeared in color, only he wasn’t pink and purple. Instead, a tall man with reddish tan skin, swirling silver eyes, and waist length striking black hair, stared at her as though regarding a ghost. Thick muscular arms crossed over his chest as his shocked expression ease into a slow smirk, highlighting the defined beak-like nose, high cheekbones, and strong chin framing his mouth.

 

Nervously licking her lips, she couldn’t help but muse, Di Mi. Well hello, sailor.

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-tour-excerpt-giveaway-soul-song.html
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review 2018-11-02 07:44
Burn
Owned By Fate - Sean Michael

This is book #5 in the Dragon Soul series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to better understand this great series, I recommend reading this in order.

 

Mike knows he should be with his mate.  Being sent away has made him bitter and resentful.  If only he could forget.  If only he could go back in time and talk him into taking a chance.

 

Corryn knows in his heart who he should be with.  He has always known.  Now, with his mate avoiding him - his heart is one big ache.  Magic has helped him survive this long - maybe it will keep him warm while he waits....

 

Destiny plays a major part in this whole amazing series.  However, in this case it could literally cause a problem for these two characters.  I found this story to be both compelling and profound.  Quite frankly, this author's best work yet.  I was moved, and eagerly turning each page.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2018-10-30 11:38
The Chicken's Head Rose: "Soul of the Fire" by Terry Goodkind
Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth, Book 5) - Terry Goodkind


(Original Review, 2002) 


"Hissing, hackles lifting, the chicken's head rose. Kahlan pulled back. Its claws digging into stiff dead flesh, the chicken slowly turned to face her. It cocked its head, making its comb flop, its wattles sway. "Shoo," Kahlan heard herself whisper. There wasn't enough light, and besides, the side of its beak was covered with gore, so she couldn't tell if it had the dark spot, But she didn't need to see it. "Dear spirits, help me," she prayed under her breath. The bird let out a slow chicken cackle. It sounded like a chicken, but in her heart she knew it wasn't. In that instant, she completely understood the concept of a chicken that was not a chicken. This looked like a chicken, like most of the Mud People's chickens. But this was no chicken. This was evil manifest."


In "Soul of the Fire" by Terry Goodkind.


Goodkind is responsible for the worst thing ever written by a human being; the now legendary evil chicken scene (quote above).

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-10-21 18:24
Lost Soul: AJ's Burden (Healing Hearts, #4) by Nicky James 3.5 Star Review!
Lost Soul: A.J.'s Burden - Nicky James

 

What does rock bottom look like to you?


AJ Silva is about to find out. His life has been spiralling the drain for the past year, and if he doesn’t find a way out soon, he may die on the streets of San Francisco. Drowning in a severe drug addiction, battling every day to survive, AJ doesn’t know where to turn. His past haunts him in more ways than one, and leaves him both grasping and begging for change, while fearing his future. All AJ knows how to do is chase one problem away with another. How can you win the war when your enemy is yourself?


Trystain Larsson is an addict. Five years ago, he discovered rock bottom first hand. Since that dreaded day, he’s worked his recovery with everything he has. Helping others who’ve fallen victim to drugs gives him hope for a better tomorrow. If he can save even one person from that life, it will mean victory. 


When AJ lands at his doorstep, Trystain gets more than he bargained for. Not only is AJ at the end of his rope, but there is something darker going on.


Coming off drugs is not an easy task, and with AJ, Trystain has his work cut out for him. During their time together, a bond that goes deeper than friendship grows. 


Will mistakes from the past be barriers for the future? It’s hard to move forward, when you can’t stop looking back. 

 

 

 

Review

 

 

I am a big fan of Nicky James and this entry into the Healing Hearts series is a good one.

We meet AJ in the 3rd book in the series and I was thrilled to see him get his HEA.

You don't have to read that book to enjoy this one but it will make it better. 

James does a deep dive into addiction and the start of recovery here. And there are a pile of other triggers for sex trafficking and abuse of all kinds. 

However, the heart of this book is the lovely romance between AJ and Trystan, two men who have never had a relationship before. 

It is really sweet and healing overall with great secondary stories that I wouldn't mind reading more about. 

I would have liked a richer epilogue as we are pretty early in recovery for AJ and being together for them both but as always James stellar writing and character development sees us through.
 
 

 

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review 2018-10-21 06:10
Surprised me
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare

I was not expecting to find such a flawed, three-dimensional cast and a sad grim tone in a short, children's book. I don't know why, really, since I've come across both of those separately often enough in them (Dark Materials, Little Princess) paired with the big questions too. Specially given the fact that I've been a heavy reader since my tweens, and a firm believer in that Cabal's quote "when I want to write something that I think adults will have trouble understanding, I write children books" (I'm paraphrasing, I don't have that good a memory, and she likely borrowed too).

 

Here is the deal: this was way dramatic than I expected. And when I say dramatic, I mean angst, grief, homesickness, the loneliness of being an outsider. Really sad. Also maddening.

 

It is maddening because human nature is maddening. And because everyone, MC included, are flawed people with some good qualities and reasonable ideals and opinions and stances, and some appallingly wrong mixed in, so even with the best intentions they rub the wrong way and clash, misunderstand, work at cross-purpose. And there is always a little bitch witch shit ready to hate.

 

It was an interesting read even before the context of publishing-time kicks in (though I suspect there were some interesting witch-hunt related things coming out then... wasn't The Crucible a contemporary of McCarthyism too?)

 

At any rate, it was a really good book (totally deserves those awards), and it ended all sweet, happy and neat.

 

Hey! I keep missing my read for making another bingo. At this point, I'm not even pretending to curve my mood-reading. (There is also the bit where there is no magic here, but I'll let the title excuse my being misled)

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