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review 2018-11-18 22:41
The Gunslinger by Stephen King (audiobook)
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower I) - Stephen King,George Guidall

Series: The Dark Tower #1

 

I think this is a popular series but this first book really didn't work for me. It started to go downhill when the Gunslinger gets together with Alice. I'm not particularly intrigued by the mystery of the tower and the man in black seemed to just be spouting gobblygook when he was talking about the mysteries of the universe. I also definitely wasn't impressed that the last standoff consisted of sitting around the campfire and chatting. The writing and characterization felt sloppy and the fantasy setting didn't strike me as all that original, especially with the blatant misogyny slathered all over the place. I won't be continuing this series. I should note that the narration for the audiobook was pretty good, however.

 

Previous updates:

12 % (This is where things started going downhill)

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text 2018-11-16 15:01
Reading progress update: I've listened 51 out of 440 minutes.
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower I) - Stephen King,George Guidall

So this was going pretty well until we stumbled into some serious slut-shaming. Why do you hate women, gunslinger?

 

This probably dropped a star because of that (the line about regaining her maidenhood if not her head).

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review 2018-11-15 16:02
"The King of Shanghai", by Ian Hamilton
The King of Shanghai - Ian Hamilton

The Triad Years

Book # 7, in the Ava Lee series

This series is a huge entertainment hit for me and really love Ava Lee she is a brilliant, sexy and formidably martial arts-trained forensic accountant and she is always propelled into a fast-paced suspense, always far away in exotic locales and her adventures always includes a rich cast of characters both dangerous as well as lovable. I never get tired of her escapades. No worries if you did not read the previous books you will fit right in if you start here.

The seventh novel in the Ava Lee series finds Ava getting caught up in the election for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies. Xu, who was Uncle’s protégé wants to invest $150 million into her firm, and he assures her he didn’t gain the money from gang-related activity…..at the same time, Xu is trying to get voted in as the top dog of the Triad, and only has one serious competitor.

This story did not disappoint and if you are curious about the power of China, the unorthodox Ava Lee mystery is both enlightening and delightful to read. The prelude introduces us to the galloping Chinese fashion world of knock-offs and the insatiable appetite for affordable designer clothes. Then Mr. Hamilton soon put the fashion world to the backburner and refocuses the narrative on the relationship between Xu and Ava Lee. 

The plot is well structures and what moves the story along is how the characters are decked in a hybrid of exoticism and the modernity of China. Ava Lee sexual orientation does not come to play here as it did in other novels although there is a subtle sexual tension between Xu and Ava Lee throughout the novel. Of course this ambivalence reflects the skill of the author in keeping us hooked for more.

With “The King of Shanghai” Ian Hamilton has done it again. He has another great chapter in the series with a thriller aspect that has kept me turning the pages.

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text 2018-11-14 11:05
Book Tour & Giveaway with Author Interview! Broken Bows MC series by Kerri Ann!

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS

 

 

 

King
The Broken Bows MC Book 1
by Kerri Ann
Genre: MC Romance


Liar.
I lie to everyone.
I don't know where the truth starts anymore.
As Enforcer of the MC my job is to protect the club at all costs.
When I'm tasked with watching Oubliette—the sexy bartender from the Four Horsemen—that's when protecting the club became difficult. That's when keeping the lies straight was hard.
I thought she would be a simple job.
I was wrong.
I may chance everything to save her.
My life, my future…. My club.

He wants something I won't give.
He wants what I can't give.
Even if it means my release.
Even if it could help others.
I need a way out of this and through him is the best way.
Busta is arrogant, ruthless, and a complete prick.
I need to find a chink in his armor.
I'll do whatever it takes to gain my freedom.


Add TO SHELVES
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40411135-king

 

 

 

 

 

Rook
The Broken Bows MC Book 1.5


Forgive me Father for I have Sinned.

True

Oh, how I've sinned and sinned. Even my brother's pious meddling can't undo the damage I've done. As VP of the Broken Bows MC I'm content to be the devious, dark and dangerous twin.
I love to cause mayhem.
I enjoy destruction.
Truth though? I wish he was by my side. I'd do almost anything to pull him away from his flock and back to the darkness that I know resides within him.
I will do it anything.

Strike

I see their evil, their malice.
I see myself in them.
My sins.
My brother and the MC want me to return to the club, though it's not my home. It never was. The church has nurtured me, settling my demons. When an attack occurs on the club their request becomes my undoing.
They use her.
She is my desire.
Scarlet is True's though I covet her.

I've fought their pull like the taught string of the bow.

Like me, a single shot will ruin everything.

Read the novella that bridges the continuation of King to Pawn. (To be read between KING and PAWN)


ADD TO SHELVES

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40696969-rook

 

 

Pawn
The Broken Bows MC Book 2

 

I escaped hell. I was free.
I thought I could go back to normal.
I can't.
Right now, normal hurts.
I've seen things—done things—I'm not the same girl I was.
It changed me—he changed me.
The only thing that feels right is my pain.
Our club is in ruins. It's left me at the helm.
Twists and turns took me down this path that lead to further destruction. I know King orchestrated it all.
Thing is, I'm no one's pawn.
King won't take us down.
One way or another, he'll pay for the damage to us, to them, to her…


ADD TO SHELVES

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41069379-pawn

 

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook

 

KING

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GNW7MLV

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/king/id1428253205

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/king-kerri-ann/1128919200

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=NQZgDwAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/king-62

 

Books2Read - http://www.books2read.com/KerriAnnKing

 

 

ROOK


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FCXQ9YP

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rook/id1409493887

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rook-kerri-ann/1129054674

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kerri_Ann_Pawn?id=MiVqDwAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/rook-12

 

Books2Read - http://www.books2read.com/KerriAnnRook

 


PAWN


Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GS911B3

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pawn/id1409495818

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pawn-kerri-ann/1129054568

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/pawn-22

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kerri_Ann_Pawn

 

Books2Read - http://www.books2read.com/KerriAnnPawn

 

 

 



Queen
The Broken Bows MC Book 3

 

The King of Clubs had been laid.
He had been laid to rest.

I thought the game had been played.
I thought we were done.

The Queen had another play to make.
Her game was not done.


The Broken Bows MC brought you King, Rook and Pawn.
Delve into the Restless Souls and fall prey to the evil Queen.

 

Coming February 7th, 2019!!


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41579622-queen

 

Books2Read - https://books2read.com/KerriAnnQueen

 




What are some of your pet peeves?


Manners. People have lost touch with the simple please, thank you, your mouth shut as you eat, not sneezing on each other.

 


Where were you born/grew up at?


North of Toronto Canada. I’ve never left, but my heart has had pieces left in travels.

 


If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?


With those I love. If I couldn’t be with them, my phone would run out of power as I talked to as many as I could.

 


What kind of world ruler would you be?


I’d love to say fair and just, but I can be persuaded like anyone. Not by shiny things, not about power, but about trusting and feeling it’s the best way. Finding out that you can be tricked is awful.

 


What do you do to unwind and relax?


A long drive. A hot tub. A tea. A book. Dumb movies.

 


How to find time to write as a parent?


My boys are old enough to give me my own space. Hubby has odd hours at work, so I stay up late to write.

 


Describe yourself in 5 words or less!


Quirky, dirty minded, optimistic, naive. Most important loving.

 


When did you first consider yourself a writer?


When I knew to trust in the words. Letting the characters lead me. When the next story, then next rolled through. Their lives were more than a fleeting idea. That’s when I became a writer.

 


Do you have a favorite movie?


Labyrinth

 


Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?


Broken Bows MC I’d love done! But….I think Crashed would be a great TV mini series. Just like all authors, we’d love to be seen and loved everywhere. LOL

 


What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?


That sounds creepy. I expect women in long robes, walking through the woods with candles and chanting. Just kidding. None.

 


As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?


Pitbull. I love hard, care deeply, need lots of love in return and would ask for devotion.

 

 


A signed paperback set of King, Rook and Pawn. (international)

 

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

 

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/the-broken-bows-mc-book-tour-and-giveaway

 

 

 

 



Mother of two insanely (well trained) sarcastic men, wife to a dangerously smolder inducing grumble bunny (fireman), and friend to some amazing ladies (you know who you are). Thanks for reading, thanks for being a friend, and I look forward to meeting you in the future for drinks, danger and laughs.

 

Living in Northern Ontario, Canada, Kerri loves to read, travel and find new reasons to write you fantastic love stories. Remember, not all love is clean. Dark, light, angsty, sexually charged and twisted—that’s her genre.

 

It’s heart wrenching stories where the muse directs her. As the instrument of their lives, their stories are told piece by piece. You can hope for the good guy to win, but it won’t always happen. There's no guarantee of an HEA (happily ever after) or HFN (happy for now), because life doesn't always have those.

 

Enjoy the OMG's and tears. Tear your hair out, toss a book or two, because Kerri Ann wants for you to feel their pain too. As they live it, you absorb it on the pages.

 


Website - https://www.authorkerriann.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LoveandDreams

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Daresanddreams

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/authorkerriann

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kerri-ann

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Kerri-Ann/e/B01K689UZ6

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15556808.Kerri_Ann

 

 


HOSTED BY

 

 

Silver Dagger Book Tours
https://www.silverdaggertours.com/


THANKS FOR VISITING ~ HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!

 

 

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review 2018-11-14 02:52
Swashbuckling Adventure with an Enchanting Twist
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller

 

 

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

 

We're outnumbered. Outgunned. Seven of my men lie dead on their backs. Two more jumped overboard as soon as they saw the black flag of the Night Farer on the horizon.

 

- opening paragraph

 

Seventeen-year-old Alosa is not only the daughter of the Pirate King, but also a captain of her own ship, and a powerful fighter with more than a few tricks up her sleeve. She allows herself to be captured in order to complete a mission for her father - to find one-third of an ancient map which leads to a legendary treasure.

 

Alosa is a strong, smart, fierce fighter, and she has a secret which can bend any man to her will. I like her character, but she seems a bit cocky at times and I couldn't figure out why (until the reveal). I love that Riden (the first mate of the pirates who unwittingly take Alosa prisoner) is clever enough to see through most of Alosa's tricks. Their rivalry makes it impossible for them to even imagine liking each other, but they can't deny they are both clever and strong-willed.

 

Alosa is easy to root for. Her relationship with Riden sometimes seems a certain disaster and other times seems meant to be. This book is well-written, exciting, and filled with action and unexpected twists. Even during the last battle, things happen that you won't see coming.

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a high seas adventure with a strong female lead - young adults and adults too.

 

 

 

 

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