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photo 2017-06-01 18:55

So this amazing package arrived in my mailbox from author Megan Hart after I posted my review for Touched by Passion complaining about how Netgalley sent me a partial book. She contacted me via Twitter to see if I'd like to read the entire book and then she went and added in all of these other books. How awesome is she? Especially considering the fact that my review was, eh, honest. I always get a little nervous when an author contacts me after I write a review that is less than 5 stars (which is most of them) but she was gracious and generous when she could've easily ignored me or worse! Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that she's a good one :)  

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review 2017-05-27 21:24
Nice Work If You Can Get It, Celia Imrie
Nice Work (If You Can Get It) - Celia Imrie

I enjoyed this book although it took a while to get into the story. I received this book for free and voluntarily chose to review it. My problem was keeping all the characters sorted. There were so many characters. This story did have a lot of action and interesting things going on. And although there were a lot of characters, they seemed to weave altogether. So this was part fun, part action and interaction and a real interesting ending.

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text 2016-12-23 12:44
A SALE & A GIVEAWAY!!
Shattered Blue - Lauren Bird Horowitz

 

One of my FAVORITE books is the Kindle Daily Deal today! You can snag your copy of Shattered Blue today for only $1.99!! AND as if that wasn't awesome enough...after you get your copy you can send proof of purchase  (confirmation number or screenshot) to thelighttrilogy@yahoo.com to be entered in the giveaway from author Lauren Bird Horowitz to win an ARC of the sequel RENEGADE RED way before it is available for anyone else! You don't want to miss this awesome deal! 

 

Grab your copy of Shattered Blue on sale here: http://amzn.to/1Ln5dMe

 

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review 2016-12-06 05:00
Nice Work (If You Can Get It) - Celia Imrie

This was a fun and entertaining read. It had the glitz and glamour of Cannes, the excitement of 4 ex pats opening a restaurant, the suspense of someone breaking in at night and a millionaire (or was he) Russian vying for everyone's trust and attention. It just had a little bit of everything.

A lighthearted read that was refreshing to read after reading about five mystery/thrillers and one true crime book. It came around just in time.

The characters were mostly fun and there were definitely some laughs. There were also some quirky ones and some that would definitely get on my nerves if I had to spend a lot time with them. All in all it was just a fun and enjoyable read that I certainly loved.

Thanks to Bloomsbury for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-11-24 00:02
and it took even more to write this book...
BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some - Chris Edwards

I've totally moved outside of the box on this...it's not even fiction. That's right this one is a memoir and I have to say I'm pretty damned nervous doing a review of someone's life or rather the telling of a part of that person's life, especially when that person is sharing some incredibly personal details. I'm not even sure where to begin on this one so if this turns out to be one big ramble...please accept my apologies in advance.

 

Ok first thing I want to say is this guy's got cojones...big ones! because he is entrusting everyone who reads this book with some incredibly personal and intimate information about himself (I'm not saying it's a big secret...because well, hello! book?) still these are very personal details about a very personal part of this person's life. Things that he doesn't need to share but he is and he's doing it not for himself but because there's a very real, very vulnerable section of our society out there who hopefully will benefit from one man's courage to speak out, to tell a story that yes might make some people a little uncomfortable....hell they may even squirm a little, but it might also make some people say 'Wow! If he can do it, I can. I'm not alone, I'm not a freak or the only person who has ever felt like this."

 

'Balls...It takes some to get some' is the story of one person's journey to have their body become who their mind knew they were meant to be. Starting life as the man he knew he was suppose to be was not gods (or nature's, whichever works for you) plan for Chris Edwards, but it was the hand that got dealt to him and Chris knew this was the change that had to happen in order for him to be happy and be who he felt he was suppose to be.

 

I probably looked at this book on Net Galley a half a dozen times before I finally decided I needed to read this. There were a number of reasons why I did and didn't want to read it but ultimately it was just plain old curiosity that won out. I had questions things I wondered about, wanted to know and in the end I realized this was probably going to be my best chance to find out. I know they say curiosity killed the cat but in this case it led the cat (that would be me) to an incredibly well told and socially relevant story as well as appeasing my curiosity and giving me what I hope is a more informed insight to part of our society that struggles more than anyone should ever have to. 

 

Told from the author's personal experiences the reader is taken on a journey that in spite of having the benefit of a strong support system and access to quality medical care is neither easy nor painless. For me the most heartbreaking part of this story is the fact that there are so many others who struggle with this journey and lack not just the finances but the support of friends and/or family. As well as telling his story Chris Edwards educates and it was this education that brought tears to my eyes because knowing something in the vague abstract isn't the same as being given the facts of what you know and then having personal details added to highlight those facts. Things like more than 50% of trans kids will attempt suicide before their 20th birthday, sorry if that doesn't make you at least fight back some tears and anger at the unfairness that this is a fact than I guess you're a much tougher person than I am when it comes to kids because I can't even begin to pretend that this fact alone isn't deeply disturbing for me. Ok, sorry I got a little derailed there back to the book.

 

There are honestly so many awesome things I could say about this book but I have to admit because of the subject matter I also know I would take off on more than one rant and my review could possibly end up being as long or longer than the book. So I'm going to wrap it up with just a couple more thoughts the first one being 'BALLS it takes some to get some' is a well written and insightful memoir told with wit, humor, intelligence and dignity and with a strength of character that not all possess but maybe if more of the world did it would be a much better place for those who need it to be and lastly, thank you Chris Edwards for writing a story about a sadly maligned and poorly understood segment of our society that shows it to the rest of the world in a more positive and informed light.

 

I'm pretty sure this ones going on my top 10 list for 2016. Definitely recommended.

 

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A copy of "BALLS, it takes some to get some" was graciously provided via Net Galley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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