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text 2016-04-23 19:10
Getting to Know Me
  1. 1. I have a bad Southern accent.
  2. 2. I attended college for 2.5 semesters. Majored in Art Education, minored in English. Made Dean's list both completed semester.

3. I got married when I was 19, and I am still married to him 12 years later. Ha, haters!

4. I have done everything from waiting tables to bookkeeping to cutting keys and mixing paint to door-to-door sales.

5. My parents divorced when I was 7.

6. I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder coupled with depression, trauma-induced anxiety (which is like a drawn-out version of PTSD) and "Adult Child of an Alcoholic" syndrome.

7. I have a small zoo. 3 adult cockatiels and 4 babies, a pineapple green cheek conure, 4 cats, one dog, a corn snake and a betta fish.

8. I have huge crushes on: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, LL Cool J, Christian Kane, Karl Urban, Chrissie Teigan, Bernice from South Beach Tow, Candice DeLong, and Joe Manganiello.

9. I am Libertarian. I believe in Live and Let Live. I am pro-gun, pro-choice, pro-LGBTQPA, and I think all religions are valid to those who value them.

10. I am the daughter of a master gunsmith. I am armed. If you try to assault or rob me, you will regret it.

11. I am addicted to online shopping and hoarding ebooks.

12. My favorite shows are: The Golden Girls, anything on Investigation Discovery, SWAT Kats, Lip Sync Battle, Impractical Jokers, Bar Rescue, anything with Gordon Ramsay, Power Rangers, The Grinder and Grandfathered

13. My favorite movies are: Much Ado About Nothing (both the 90s version and the Joss Whedon one), The Lion King, The Princess and the Frog, Pacific Rim, Speed Racer, The Expendables, Battleship, Red and TMNT

14. Favorite bands: Breaking Benjamin, Imagine Dragons and the Beach Boys

15. Favorite foreign singer: Ayumi Hamasaki

16. First car: a 1990 Toyota Camry with a massive oil leak and 250,000 miles on it

17. My father has an entire room in his basement called the library, and it is true to its name.....if libraries only carry nonfiction war stories, Gun Digest, The Shooter's Bible, Guns & Ammo, and every version of Theodore Roosevelt's biography.

18. I collect stuffed animals, Windstone Editions figures, records, ceramic bunnies and yarn

19. My car is called the Red Ranger.

20. I talk too much.

 

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review 2013-11-20 02:13
Review: Midnight Secrets by Ella Grace
Midnight Secrets - Ella Grace

A lite romance suspense with many good pages of sexy fun moments, but sadly with a predictable and over-the-top ending.

I didn't love it, didn't hate it.

Zach and Savannah were first loves, broken apart when Zach left for the military. Ten years later, both of them find themselves back in the small town of Midnight, and with a lot of hurt feelings to overcome. There are also a few mysteries a foot, including the possible murders of Savannah's parents 20 years ago.

The romance between Zach and Savannah was fun and hot, and I always love a story where unrequited lovers overcome their obstacles. Zach never stopped loving her or feeling guilty about the way he left without ever saying goodbye. I loved his passion for her, but it got a bit clingy and possessive at times. Still, these two together felt right and boy could they burn up the sheets (and stairs...)

The mystery was not a favorite part of this book for me. I had trouble caring about it as anything other than fodder to keep the hero and heroine together. I felt it became obvious fairly early who was a main culprit, so the red hearings didn't through me much. But the ending of the mystery? Sorry, but it was pure eye-rolling, info-dumping, confession-purging craziness.

Compared to Christy Reece's Last Chance series (a series I absolutely loved, and who is Ella Grace's alter-ego), this series is more simple, down-to-earth, relationship focused without all of the superhero spies, worldwide terrorist organizations, and bullets flying.

I liked the small town feel and a more simple mystery to solve for the most part, but I don't know if this series is going to cut it for me. I may try another, but if it ends with the massive info-dump Q&A style confession just to help us discover the bad guy, I will be done.

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review 2013-10-08 22:19
Jessica learned from Joe Friday
Full Blooded - Amanda Carlson

Full Blooded had an interesting premise but the author needs to do some serious work on her world building, characterization and plot development. The ending was good - thus the 3 star rating - but the first half had the most horrid info dumps I've ever read. EVERY CHARACTER talked in long paragraphs of 3+ sentences - in chapter 2, I counted 12 examples of such paragraphs. Don't know what I mean? Here's one an example:

 

"Listen, Ray. I realize you think I had something to do with this whole mess.” I jabbed my elbow into door, gesturing to my apartment. “And you think I’m hiding a big, juicy secret from the world. Possibly hidden somewhere inside there. In fact, you’ve been dogging me for a very long time trying to find out just exactly what it is, making my life hard and miserable along the way, but here’s the truth—are you ready? I’m not hiding anything.” Well, other than the fact I just turned into a scary werewolf. “I’m not on drugs, I don’t deal them. I don’t have ties to the Colombians, and more importantly, I haven’t broken any laws. The truth is, my boyfriend and I decided to go camping at the last minute simply because the weather was beautiful.” Thank goodness it wasn’t tornado season. “It was just one of those happy, carefree decisions people make. He took care of bringing the keys, and I forgot to get them back. And while we were gone, someone trashed my place. That’s the end of the juicy story.”

 

I kept imagining Jessica as Joe Friday in one of his infamous speeches.

 

 

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