Monday Musing on a Tuesday Night

I follow a blog from a blogger that calls herself The Purple Booker and every week she posts a Monday Muse posting that has a set of questions that are basically the same each week,

I’m currently reading…Soft Target – Iain Rob Wright
Up next I think I’ll read…An Assassins Tool – T U Darby
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…None, I’m trying to get through the back log of books on my kindle before I get any more
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…The book I just finished which I will be reviewing on Thursday
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…I don’t get upset about books, annoyed sometimes but not upset
I can’t wait to get a copy of…The latest addition to the Flowers vs Zombies series by Perrin Briar
I wish I could read the new Cassandra Clare book, but…its $12.28 usd, way to much for an ebook if you ask me.
I blogged about  nothing because I am incredibly slack this past week…Sorry, I need to get my act together and stop wasting so much time playing games.

Every week there is a random question, this weeks random question is: What do you do with your non keeper hard copy books?

I was pondering this question while starring blankly at my bookcase full of hard covered books that haven’t been moved since I moved into the house 3 years ago, except for the occasional dust around of course lol. Sometimes I look at them and think I should hand them on to someone who would appreciate them but then I read through the titles and can’t find a single one I would want to give away. I may be a kindle user now but there is something about holding a well bound hardcover book that just makes me feel happy. To me, each of the books in my collection are part of my journey and are precious. Last time I moved I sorted all the books in my overflowing bookcase and gave away a huge box full to my son’s (now ex) girlfriend, including my Twilight collection (yes I know, disgusting to admit but I really did quite enjoy the books…right up until the movies came out and ruined them lol.) but I would never part with my Raymond E Feist series, I have nearly all his books in hardback, well I did until my darling son started stealing them every time he comes home lol. But at least they are going to a good home so I don’t mind too much. I am giving him a Kindle for Christmas so maybe I will get them back lol.

So what do you do with your non keeper hardbacks? Do you keep them anyway, or do you give them away? Leave me a comment and let me know.

I do have another book review for you. I’ll post it on Thursday if my daughter will give me enough computer time, school holidays again which means a fight to see who can hog the computer the longest. Time she got her own I think, maybe Santa will bring her one, just so I can reclaim mine and get rid of all these dayum games she’s installed. She is a gamer girl and a complete geek, I am so proud of her, now if I could just get her into read more and loving Doctor Who I would be in nerd parent bliss lol.

have a great week one and all and watch for that post on Thursday, I have just finished the most interesting book, you’re going to love it.

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thoughts on a Saturday night

This is just a random post, no book review tonight, to tired to think to much tonight but not quite ready to go to bed.

I have been doing a lot of art journaling lately, pretty much its a daily thing and has become a bit of an obsession. There is a lot of mix media art involved and when it comes to mixed media nothing is safe from becoming part of my projects, well at least that what I thought until earlier this week. I decided I need some old book pages on a page I was working on and since I have a book case (and several boxes) of old books that get neglected since I use a kindle now so I pulled out on that is pretty tatty, well loved I call it and I flicked through and thought I could use a few of the lose pages but I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t pull apart the book.

It suddenly dawned on me that I loved that book and if I pulled it apart it would be like ripping up an old friend. The book was written by the late great David Eddings, Book 5 of the Belgariad series which was one of my very favorite series for a long long time. To me there are three great fantasy writers

  1. Raymond E Feist
  2. David Eddings
  3. Anne McCaffrey

you may argue with that and that’s fine, share your favorites with me, theses three have been in my list of favorite authors of all time forever and some of the few writers who I have read everything they have written and loved it all. I still have so many of their books that I can’t bear to part with, though I did hand on my love of books to my middle child and he did steal a few of Feist’s Magician series when he went away to university, the wee thief lol. Actually I didn’t mind at all, its so good to see the next generation develop a love for reading, so few of them have that passion and they don’t know what they are missing. btw my son is 25 and I know some of my followers are in the age group and I say to you…share your love of books, encourage your friends to read, let them escape into the worlds you love.

And now I am burbling so it must be time for bed, but first I need to get the paint off my fingers and put this book back where it belongs, even if I never read it again, its not going anywhere.

Have a fab weekend everyone. Happy reading.

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things – Martina McAtee

17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together. – taken from Amazon

I have to admit to the fact that it was the title of this book that drew me to it, its a fantastic title for a book don’t you think?

but it was the story line that kept me reading. a very unusual book in that the heroine is a supernatural that is normally feared, she is a reaper, a gatherer of souls that can talk to the dead. having spent most of her life in hiding after a mysterious event from her childhood that she cannot remember. living with the father she thought to be an abusive alcoholic and knowing nothing of the magic inside her, Ember has grown up thinking she was weird, she had an affinity with the dead, spending more time in the cemeteries’ of New Orleans than she did in a classroom. she works part time in a funeral home, a strange job for a teenage girl but suitable for Ember.

When her father dies, Ember finds herself suddenly flooded with a strange power that scares her. It is during her fathers funeral she meets a mysterious stranger who at once scares her and attracts her. He has been sent to watch her, though at the time she doesn’t know this, but the boy doesn’t know what to make of this unusual girl.

There are so many twists in the plot of this story that it draws you in, never knowing what will happen next or who the real enemies are. it’s not something I would normally read but I enjoyed it, it was good to read something different and I love unusual storylines.

7/10 only because there was a few twists that where a bit obvious.

happy reading

The Case of The Missing RAGirl

I know, I have been MIA for a while now and I am sorry for that. Seems Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia wanted to kick me around a bit, well a lot actually, just days after I was thinking how well the new meds my fav doc gave me, were working I got a major flare. I have been doing so well, more energy and better movement than I have had in almost 11 years, I should never have got comfortable with that feeling because as soon as I relaxed into it, my old nemeses RA and FM decided to rear their ugly heads fully force, laying me low for the last month or more. That will teach me won’t it? Just when I think its safe to start living again.

Winter is starting to lose its grip here and I love that cos as you can imagine, winter and joint pain are not the best of friends, and as the slowly warming weather sets in I start to think I will feel better but nope5e5cc65cb688b36bf12d2b3e5a7426fc, not gonna happen. And with the pain comes the depression and with that comes the shutting down and avoiding the world. And to add to that depression comes the anniversary of my beloveds death, which still has a terrible effect on my mental health even now, 13 years later. Every year at this time I get throwing back into that awful night when my world fell apart so dramatically. Seems like pretty much everything bad in my life has stemmed from that night and I wonder if I will ever come back from it completely. I still have so much heartbreak and anger left over from that time.

Anyway to battle these feelings I have been losing myself in an art journal course, which is actually really helping me get some of those mixed up feelings out onto paper with paint and ink and lots of mess. I have touched on art journaling once before but not to the extent that I am at the moment. My desk is a permant mess of ink stains and bits of paper and its lots of fun just to go nuts and enjoy the process. Here is some of the pages I have done

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The thing I find is when I have a new hobby I throw myself completely into it and everything else gets put into the background, even the housework at times lol. I have also been doing a refresher course in computing. Its been a long long time since I sat the Microsoft certificates and things have changed a lot since then so I decided it was time to get myself back up to speed. its been 13 years since I worked in the industry and I still want to go back to teaching one day, if my health ever lets me, which lately I am thinking it won’t. If nothing else I would like to be able to do private tutoring which is something I can fit around my stupid health. I am finding it a lot easier than I expected, I am working on Excel at the moment which I never used to like but I am actually getting into this time around, even the formulas are coming back to me easily.

Well folks time to drag this weary ol bod of mine off to my bed, after a lovely big dose of pain killers to dull the aches. Its raining today and its playing havoc with those old joints of mine. I joke with my Mum that my body is older than hers. She has the body of a typical 70+ woman, I have the body of a 90 year old drug addict lol. If you can’t laugh about it than what’s the point of being alive.

I will be back, hopefully tomorrow, with a new book review for you. I have read some awesome books lately that I want to share with you, so watch out for that. Hope you didn’t mind me moaning at you tonight, its just been such a long journey these last few weeks and sometimes I just need to get it all of my chest so I can move on.

Good night one and all, I will be back.

The Omega Protocol- Courtney McPhail

In 2017, the course of human history was forever altered. A cataclysmic event, which would come to be known simply as The Infection, swept across the globe. The world population was decimated and civilization as it was known came to an end.
All Malcolm Evans wants is to find his sister and her kids and get them some place safe. As an ex-CIA agent, he finds himself in the role of leader of a ragtag group of survivors heading to a promised sanctuary in the Great Lakes.
Veronica Alpert spent her childhood preparing for the end of the world, thanks to her paranoid survivalist father. Little did she know that decades later, her father’s eccentricities would prepare her and her siblings to survive in this new world…especially when tragic circumstances tear the family apart.
Jackson Webber had always been seen as no good white trash. Good people crossed the road when they saw him coming. So, how he ended up saddled with the care of two orphaned girls, he had no damn clue. Last things these little girls need is a screw-up like him looking out for them. Course, at the end of the world, it ain’t like they got many other choices. (taken from Amazon)

A group of unlikely heroes find themselves thrown together and fighting to survive. They have a place to go, a sanctuary set up by the CIA on an island in the Great Lakes. It’s a long way through dangerous territory where rabid freaks aren’t the only thing they have to worry about. If they make it there is no guarantee that the sanctuary will even be there and if it is, there is no guarantee that they will be welcome but its all they have and for the sake of human survival they have to try because the alternative is death and they have seen that and its not a choice they are willing to take.

A very diverse cast of characters that become an unexpected family, they fight for each other and protect one an other and struggle to hold on to what is good and right, while on a journey from your worst nightmares. If you think your summer road trips are bad, try throwing in the apocalypse, killer soldiers, crazed freaks that want to eat you and general bad guys who want to rob, rape and kill you.

These are just good people trying to survive and if Malcom Evans has anything to do with it, that’s exactly what they will do.

The first two books in what looks to be an enthralling series, I was sick over the weekend and managed to polish off both books in two days, looks like I will be having to wait again now for the rest of the series to be released but in the mean time the author has a vampire series that I have added to my TBR and looks really good. Its been awhile since I sunk my teeth into a good vampire series.

8/10

About the Author

Growing up in a tiny Canadian town, Courtney McPhail learned from an early age that her imagination was the best, and sometimes only, source of entertainment. Eventually her active imagination led to her writing down the adventures she created in her mind, leading to a copious amount of dog-eared spiral notebooks that are still in a box in her parent’s basement. She left that tiny town behind to pursue a degree in Literature and History at the University of Toronto. There she developed a love for the classics while supplementing with romance and fantasy novels between classes.
Writing had always been something she had done for her own personal enjoyment. It wasn’t until she hit the big 3-0 and went through an existential crisis that she realized writing could be a career. She began a series of paranormal romance novels that follow the lives and loves of a clan of supernatural beings living in Toronto, and a series of post-apocalyptic romance novels about a group of survivors searching for sanctuary when a plague sweeps across the world.
She currently resides in Toronto, enjoying the big city life while still maintaining her small town girl charm. When she isn’t working on her latest novel, she can be found enjoying a hike through the Don Valley Hills near her home. More recently, since discovering Netflix, she can usually be found on her couch, binge watching various television shows. (taken from Amazon)

serenity house Series–A W Exley

From the very first chapter you know that you have stumbled across something special, Serenity House is Downton Abbey meets Jane Austen and George Romero’s lovechild with a bit of Stephen King thrown in just to scare the pants right off you.

Set in Somerset, England shortly after world war one, the Spanish flu has taken its toll on a small English village but they have come out the other side and are trying to rebuild. What nobody knows is that there is another war brewing and this will be more devastating than anything they had been through before.

During the flu epidemic mass graves were needed to bury the dead but something got out of one of those graves, something that was not alive but walking all the same and when it came across two servant girls it attacked. It was 18 year old Ella, daughter of a minor lord, who swung her fathers sword and took the head of the beasts.

When more of the dead begin to rise the village turn to Ella to send them back to their maker, she doesn’t relish the job but someone has to do it and the locals didn’t want to risk their own immortal souls by killing the undead so it fell to her to do what they could not

While out doing her duty she stumbles across Seth deMage, Duke of Leithfield and owner of Serenity House, the biggest estate in the region. There is an instant attraction and before long the two are working together to bring an end to the vermin once and for all.

Part horror story, part love story, I fell in love with this series right from the start. The setting is beautiful, the action constant and the characters are interesting. The story arc is unpredictable and exciting. Usually I don’t like too much of the mushy stuff in zombie books but the way the writer has written it, the mush stuff (I know, I’m such a romantic lol) fits in seamlessly and doesn’t distract from the base of the story, the zombies. These aren’t any ordinary zombies either, there is a bigger supernatural thread running through the storyline that isn’t obvious straight away, but I don’t want to give out any spoilers so if you want to know more, get over to Amazon and read the series for yourself.

About the Author

Books and writing have always been an enormous part of Anita’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, Anita writes fantasy historical novels with heart from her home in rural New Zealand.
You can find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AWExley
or Twitter @AWExley
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I love that she is a Kiwi writer, we have so few good writers in this genre. I look forward to reading more of her books.

9/10

Zed’s World–Rich Baker **Updated**

Audio Books provided by Author.

With terrorist attacks becoming more and more frequent worldwide there is a growing fear that a biological attack could be imminent. What if one of these terror groups did just that, developed a weaponized virus that had the capability of turning the human race into ravenous zombies? That thought keeps me up at night and Zed’s World taps straight into my worst nightmare.

Told from multiple points of view, Zed’s World follows the events before and after a biological attack by Jihadist fundamentalists, who have found a new way of spreading their message of death and violence. They have created a new army, an undead army. In terror cells across the globe, they are getting their soldiers ready to march, ready to spread their deadly disease to all that don’t believe.

Set in Colorado, the story follows a suburban father, two college boys, a former soldier and a sleeper agent who has grown to love his adopted country. Using the cover of a chaotic college town during graduation, the terrorists release their soldiers at various points around the town, anywhere people have gathered, including a graduation party where two of our heroes are celebrating the end of the college year.

Caught up in the gathering madness, childhood friends Ben Pucket and Keith Wallace take their friends and head to the one place they think they will be safe, their home town with their families. They could never have known how hard that journey would be, a normally short drive, it takes them to places they never thought they would go.

Meanwhile, their parents remain oblivious to the growing danger until it crashes into their safe suburban life and the need to survive suddenly becomes all important. A survivalist neighbour helps the group, giving them a safe haven to escape to.

In Denver Jason ‘D-day ’ Bowling finds himself in charge of the residents of his apartment building. With his background as a soldie, he is the only one with the knowledge that can keep the city dwellers alive, even when they complain about his rough riding over them, making them contribute food and labour to make the apartment building safe.

All though the Growing Hoards and Roads Less Traveled are short books they pack in a big story into the 6.29 hours of listening. At first, the narrator annoyed me, his voice is flat with little in the way of connotation but as the storyline takes over I found myself not listening to the voice but the story itself.

This is the sort of novel that nightmares come from, the threat is so real that I am really hoping the Jihad never get their hands on these books, they don’t need ideas on new ways to kill, they are doing more than enough of that as it is.

It is something I have thought a lot about, in fact, my own novel is based on something very similar (I got the idea long before I heard these books.) With the constant advances in science and terrorists always looking for more ways to kill, it is only a matter of time before someone decides a killer disease is the way to go. Forget nuclear war, the next big war will be fought in the secret labs across the world, not in government nuclear installations.

I would recommend this series to anyone, though I think I will be buying the books. I tend to take information in better if I read it and the narrator really could have been better, though his female voice is not too bad.Smile  The story is complex without being over the top, it is very realistic. Every thing that the characters go through is easy to picture happening. Normally having so many POVs can be confusing but because the books are short and each character or group get their own chapters you don’t have time to forget what each character is up to. The characters themselves are relatable, their pain, fear and frustration are very real and they have a very solid arc.

I would like to take this time to thank Rich Baker for sending me the audio books, I appreciate any author that is willing to let me read (or listen to) their hard work, I know how hard it is to share your baby with someone else and I admire anyone that is willing to send me a book to be reviewed.

I give this book 7/10, not because the story is bad but because the narrator was not as good as he could have been, though I imagine it’s not easy to find a good narrator.

Go to Amazon and get the books or audio books. The books are available on Unlimited if you subscribe and are well worth reading. I have just downloaded the final book No Way Out which I will review when I am finished.

I hope everyone north of the equator is enjoying their summer and those of us that are south aren’t too cold. Looks like rain here in Tasman, a great excuse to curl up by the fire with my kindle and a hot cuppa. Take care one and all and thanks for stopping by Smile

Update

Book Three – No Way Out

**Spoiler Warning!**

Our wee group continues to grow when the Pucketts are joined by D-day and Carmen after they are forced to run from the apartment block when one of the residents lets the infected in. The team faces loses that nearly break them, and one person imparticular will have a major impact and cause more damage to the group than any that has come before. She will bring enemies to the door and what follows will be a devasting blow and cause more backlash than she realises.

I have just one complaint about this book, the next one isn’t out yet. Nothing I hate more than getting invested in a series and having to wait for the next book. I am way too impatient for that sort of thing lol.

I am really enjoying this series and can’t wait to find out what happens next.