Friday, January 31, 2014

Birthday Boy!

So, it's my son's birthday today. My mind has been consumed all day with thoughts of him, the eight years he's been with us, and what my day was like all those years ago, today. All of it has been like nothing I could have ever imagined, and even though half the time he makes me want to pull my hair out, I wouldn't change him for the world. Yeah, yeah, feeling sentimental... lol

Time Together
       by Author Unknown

Time together is special
too fast for me it seems.
My son, I want you to tell me
all your thoughts and dreams.
Tell me all that you hope for,
tell me all your plans. 
Let me be the help you need
to grow into a man. 
Tell me all your worries
all your anticipations. 
I am always here for you
for any situation. 
I will always be here,
as I have been from the start. 
And Son I want to tell you, 
I love you with all my heart. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

REAPER'S LEGACY by Joanna Wylde (R)



Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart—and her virginity—to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn’t have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach’s step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he’s never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious—her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach’s a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah’s only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands—with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club—to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.
4 out of 5 *Stars*

First of all, I have to say… what a great cover! You know, my brother is the president of a MC, and if all his club members looked like this and walked around with their shirts off, I would spend SO much more time hanging around him and his friends. LOL
To the book itself… I thought it was good, not as fantastic as Book 1, Reaper’s Property, but still a great read. I thought the beginning was good in the fact that it set up a really good background for the characters. Rugar was perfection! Not a Horse (RP), but still up there.

“Rugar was over six feet tall, roped with muscle and annoyingly handsome in an I’m-probably-a-murderer-but-I’ve-got-dimples-and-a-tight-ass-so-you’ll-still-lust-after-me kind of way.”
 You always knew what type of person he was and what to expect, even if what you expected was completely off the wall.  What a mouth too!  Man, he could talk the panties off a nun.  Here are just a couple lines… This was an erotic romance novel, so if you have sensitive eyes, I suggest that you skip past the quotes.  ;)
“Jesus you piss me off.” he murmured. "Good thing your cunt’s so fucking hot.”
“Don’t call it that.” His lip twitched.

“Good thing your vaginas so gosh darned hot, because I really, really want to stick my penis in it and have repeated sexual intercourse, bringing us to a mutually satisfactory culmination of our desires. How’s that sound?”
“I want to own every part of you,” he continued, his breath hot against my skin. “I want to throw you face-first across this counter, rip off those shorts and fuck you hard and fast until my goddamn cock stops hurting and my balls don’t feel like they’re gonna explode.”
Holy Hell!!  See what I mean?  There are others that I won’t even get into. *Fanning*
Then there was Sophie.  I thought she started off really good, but by the middle of the book, I just wanted to reach inside my eReader, slap her across the face, grab her shoulders and shake her while yelling, “Make up your damn mind, for crying out loud!”  She whined so much that I started to roll my eyes whenever she went on a rant.  It got old.  However, I did like how she was not a pushover, and always was thinking what was best for herself and her son.  One of her best lines…
“I deserve to be with someone who gives a shit about me, as a person.  Someone who values me enough not to fuck other women.  I’d rather be alone the rest of my life then settle for what you’re offering.  Consider yourself a hell of a booty call, but that’s it.  We clear?”
Overall, I like the story.  It was a little predictable at times, but then would throw me for a loop on the next page.  Other than the annoying heroine, I really enjoyed the book, and finished it within a day.  Now, after the little teaser for the next book, I can’t wait.  This is me waiting, not so patiently, until it comes out.

REAPER'S PROPERTY by Joanna Wylde (R)

Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.

4.5 out of 5 *Stars*
Whoa!  *Fanning* What a book!  I actually blushed while reading this, and I never blush from reading a book anymore.  I had to put it down a few times, breathe, and say, “It’s just words on a page, it’s just words on a page.” 
"Next time you want to play with your pretty pink toy, you do it while I'm watching. If you're a good girl, I'll let you wear the tee. Got it?"
I rest my case…
The book wasn’t too over the top, but it had enough hard core content to make you really believe that the characters were part of a motorcycle club.  For all you romance motorcycle club book readers, this series is a happy medium between the extremely hard core life Madeline Sheehan created in her Undeniable series and the somewhat tame existence of The Chaos club Kristen Ashley formed (both good series as well). 
In the book Reaper’s Property, the characters and setting were so well developed, even down to the last freckle or “trickle of sweat”, that I could almost imagine that everything was happening right in front of me.  On a couple occasions, after I was reading for a long period of time and set the book down, it took a minute for reality to sink back in.   The author did a great job with the flow of the story.  Even with the timeline jumps, I had no problem following wherever she took me with the story.  I did think that the price was a little high ($7.19 for a 264 page eBook), and it was for that reason that it took me so long to decide to purchase it.  On one hand, I’m still kicking myself for spending the money, but on the other… it was a really good book! I definitely recommend this one.

Monday, January 27, 2014



Book Description

Being a descendant of a fallen angel, nephilim Malachi Starkman, is all about his duty in protecting mankind and preventing Satan’s army from growing any further. He leads a squad of talented warriors on this quest to preserve humanity, but as leader, he feels every aspect is his responsibility. After centuries of fighting, he is starting to feel burned out, and wondering if this is his sole purpose on Earth.

Local teacher, Trinity Bradshaw, has been trying to move on from her turbulent past but it doesn’t seem to want to let her go. Therefore, when a deliciously handsome man with alluring eyes says he wants to help her, she cannot say no. So many obstacles stand between the two, but neither of them seem to be able to walk away from the other. Will they find common ground or will she just be a liability in his quest to destroy the one that has plagued him for years?
323 pages

Romance degree: STEAMY!
My Review
Best book I’ve ever read!!  Haha!  Okay, yeah, I’m a little bias since I wrote the book.  Just to be fair though, here are a few of the other great reviews it has gotten.  If you like what you see, the Amazon link is off to the left side of the page and links to other places are at the bottom of this post.

“This book was chosen as a book of the month for the group “Lovers of Paranormal” on
I have to begin by saying that I LOVED this book, and could not put it down. It is one of those books which I will re-read and re-read. I would even consider buying a hard copy for the book shelf to live happily with my other 10 favourite books that I cherish and are the first things that will get grabbed if the house ever burns down.
An original book with a fantastic concept and brilliant story line. It is well written with a plot that is clear and easy to follow, but without being predictable. I would describe it as a Paranormal Romance, with a cast of gorgeous Nephilium. It was a fun read, packed with action, mystery and intrigue. The characters are well thought out, and each individual has personality which you can’t help but fall in love with, and then there are the few that are just plain creepy. This book is a page turner which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who enjoys Paranormal Romance. Thank you to Rebekah Daniels for a great read. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to be released.”
“Favorite Lines “Most can’t fight the urge, and it is forever a balancing act for the ones that chose the path of light. This was God’s gift to all, no matter who you were, free will. Therefore, even though it is told that all nephilims are evil, in reality, some chose to fight the good fight on the side of the Lord. It gets easier for nephilims the more generations that pass because of the increase in humanity to the bloodlines.”

“He would never understand women. One moment they were about to make each other cry, but before they separated they… professed their love”

“I was twenty and thought the sun rose and set around her. Now I know that I was being young and stupid, because I can never remember feeling this out of control with her. It feels like I’m spinning at warp speed with nothing to hold onto. All it takes is one look from you to make my heart speed up. That’s how you make me feel.”

“When he pulled back, the feeling of completeness never left, and he wondered if it ever would. At that moment, he prayed that it never did. He felt that after so many years, he finally had something to lose. The feeling was utterly terrifying, but at the same time, very

I'm so upset I waited so long to read this! It was yummy, action packed, and full of forgiveness!
Malachi is a Nephilim, his great great grandfather was a fallen angel.
He wants to be nothing like his "family" so he and other nephilims fight for goodness!
Trinity is a teacher with a past, she ended an abusive relationship and her only time of feeling safe is when she dreams. She has the most amazing dreams with the yumminess man!
Malachi has been having the same dreams. So when they meet the real world literally meshes with fantasy!
This was a great story. I loved so much about it. The pride and determination Malachi has regarding not becoming like his ancestors was admirable. When he met Trinty it was so heartwarming and scary at the same time. I won't give away more but this is a great book for all lovers of paranormal romance!

I was given this book by author in exchange for honest review

“Really loved this book... Cried at the end and couldn't believe how attached I had gotten to the characters. Highly recommended!!!
“Celestial Beginnings has turned out to be one of the best books I've read. I love, love, love this book. From the first page, I was hooked. The whole 'fallen angel' concept had me concerned at first, due to the fact that this is a topic that can be either really good or really bad. But I was pleasantly surprised by the story line that the author brought forth. I love how the 'fallen' have human characteristics. The humor, the bantering, friendship and of course, the hot and steamy sex. All are very good components to an awesome book. The characters are very well thought out. I enjoyed the interaction between Malachi and Trinity. Trinity is what made this story. She is one kick ass character. Over all, this is one series I plan to follow. A definite add to your tbr list. Highly recommended.
There are many more like that as well!  Go check it out.   Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARE, Smashwords, and more.  Happy Reading, everyone!


CLOUD ATLAS - 2012 Movie


With the consequences of their actions, individuals impact one another’s lives throughout the past, present, and future.  Based on a novel by David Mitchell. 
Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, and more.


Now…  Could someone please explain this movie to me?  I did not get it at all!  There were all these stories happening in all these different time periods, with all the same characters.  I hope that makes sense.  lol  I did end up catching a few intertwining factors, but I didn’t see anything significant enough to change someone’s course of life.  If there was, you would of had to look so far in depth to find it. 
Honestly, I wanted to turn it off after 45 minutes, but something compelled me to keep watching.  The movie, as a whole, made no sense, but each individual story had a purpose and was somewhat intriguing to watch.  It reminded me of a really dramatic soap opera to where everyone is somehow intertwined, but each person has their own story.  I had my favorites that I looked forward to finding out what happened next, but then there were also the slower stories that I wanted to fast forward through.  Did I though?  No, because I kept watching in case I missed the monumental event that tied them all together.  It never came, so I felt somewhat deflated, confused, and a little ticked off that I spent 3 hours watching the movie.  I can say that all the actors and actresses did an amazing job.  It got decent reviews and the basis for the movie sounded intriguing, but in the end, the storyline did not win me over.  Thanks for “listening”.  ‘Till next time…

Movie Trailer...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC - 2014 Lifetime Movie

After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.
So, I got to watch the Lifetime movie “Flowers in the Attic” today, and I can’t get it out of my head.  Overall, it was a good movie, a little hard to grasp at parts, but still good.  Is it one I would sit all the way through again? Probably not, but I’m glad that I at least saw it once.  The majority of the actors did a great job.  The two older children, Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka, were the main focus, and both played very believable parts.  Ellen Burstyn performed phenomenally as the strict grandma, and in my opinion, made the movie.  On the other hand, it was hard to grasp Heather Graham’s character as the mother until the very end.  It was her acting that made me remember that it was a made-for-TV movie.   


What’s stuck in my head is the fact that it felt so unfinished.  I needed a better conclusion then what was given, because nothing was wrapped up, and everything was left wide open.  I want vengeance, persecution, revenge… something!  The mother pissed me off more than the grandmother and I want to know what happened to them both.  I think I just might have to read the book. 
You always get a better idea about what’s going on inside the head of a character when reading a book, compared to trying to judge facial expressions of an actor.  Plus, just now, I found out that there is a sequel to the book called “Petals on the Wind.”  I guess I can always read that to answer any lingering questions I might still have after reading the first book.  I’ll let you all know what I thought in a follow-up post.  Thanks for “listening”.  ‘Till next time…  
In case you have no idea what movie I'm talking about...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

LOVE REMAINS by Zrinka Jelic (R)

I knew, without a doubt, that I was going to be reviewing books on this blog, and here is my first one.  What a good book to start with...



Olivia Owen, a busy, single, high-functioning, corporate executive officer, is not afraid to die a spinster for the sake of her career. But in an alternate reality world, bridged by the angel of her Down’s syndrome sister, she meets Tom Medar, a dedicated, Croatian defense attorney who dreams of the right woman, but never has time to find her. Together they foil an adulterous murder plot while discovering there’s room for love and family in their busy lives—but not before they are separated again.

When they awaken from their alternate world, will they be able to cross countries to find each other again?


4 out of 5 *Stars*

Where do I even begin?  The concept reminded me so much of one of my favorite holiday movies, “The Family Man”, but with a different twist.  I loved the characters, before, during, and after the alternate lives.  The author portrayed the main character, Olivia, perfectly in each scenario; the strong business type first, all the way to the doting mother of two.  I loved Tom.  He was the perfect husband, wrapped up in the words on a page.  Plus, who can forget those kids!  Being a mom, I understood everything that she was going through, and it was great to read a book that I could relate to.
The book had me up until the angel came into the picture.   She gave me the creeps, and I was waiting for a twist that said she was an evil entity.  The storyline of course was predictable, but still had me holding my breath because of how the story was told.  It had so much emotion that I could feel everything along with the characters.  Except the end that could have been monumental felt like it fizzled out, and I was left feeling like the story wasn’t quite finished.  Other than that, I loved the storyline, and all the characters.  It was one of those feel good stories that you want to read if you are in need of a smile.  I definitely recommend this easy and heart felt read.

I want to thank the author and the “Lovers of Paranormal” Goodreads group for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review.       

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pains of Parenthood

Has anyone ever stopped to think about how much pain children inflict on us, as parents?  As a mom, it can start during pregnancy; swollen feet and ankles, heartburn, back aches, etc.  I had bad sciatic nerve pain while pregnant.  I would always joke how my children were already showing signs of being a pain in the ass.  LOL  Then comes childbirth, and I bet every parent has been on the receiving end of an infant head-but when they’re on your lap and throw themselves backwards.  I’m lucky that I still have all my teeth! 
Tell me if this sounds familiar… The kids are finally asleep, and your finally letting your guard down and relaxing.  The lights are being turned off, so you can collapse into your own bed.  You make your way to the bedroom and see the bed in your sights and suddenly pain shoots into your foot which causes you to curse and hop on your good foot.  What happened?  You have stepped on the lost Lego, toy car, or other small toy that was left behind.
 How about this, can any parent lay on the floor without being jumped on?  Just the other day, I was pretending to sleep in my 2 year old daughter’s room when my 4 and a half year old linebacker decided to jump on my back… knees first!  I swear I heard a few bones pop out of place and for the rest of the day I was doing anything I could think of to stop the ache. 
I can also honestly say that I never truly knew what a headache was until I had a teenager.  LOL  You know what though, there are so many things that make up for it all.  You truly do forget about the pain from childbirth when you hold your little one for the first time.  The spontaneous hugs, the sticky fingerprints all over you and your house, painting your nails with your daughter for the first time… It all outweighs all the pain, but there is only one thing that I need and makes my heart melt every time; when you hear that little voice say, “I love you.”  Have a good weekend, everyone!

Friday, January 17, 2014

My Mamma Bear is showing!

Here’s a question I have.  When is it okay to tell a child to fight another child to defend themselves?  Is there an age limit? 
My son is in second grade.  There was a time when I thought that it was too young to tell him to hit another child.  My mind has now been changed.  When he was in Kindergarten, then first, and the first part of second, if something happened, I always told him to tell the nearest adult.  That doesn’t seem to be working.  The school he goes to is a really good school, so I’m baffled as to why everything is going so wrong. 
Here’s my situation.  There is this kid in his grade, a real bully.  Other moms have told me stories about him pushing their son down the bleachers or hitting their son, or even pushing their daughter against the side of the bus.  No one has said anything to the school, because it only happened once.  Then there’s my son.  This kid likes to tease my son, and before Christmas break, he said that he was going to come to my son’s house on Christmas Eve and kill his whole family.  I let it go, thinking that it was just a boy trying to trash talk.  I mean, he’s only in second grade for crying out loud. 
Then things escalated.  After the break, one day my son came home and said that this boy kicked him hard under the lunch table.  Then later on the bus, after this kid hit one of my son’s friends and my son told him to stop, the bully actually said, “Shut up or I’ll stab you or kill you.”  That was it.  I contacted the school.  Did they do anything? No.  They told the boy that he couldn’t say stuff like that, and they called his parents.  Big whoop!
Last but not least, my son came home yesterday and told me about something that happened at recess.  Apparently, all the boys were playing football (not tackle since they can’t in school).  While they were playing, my son had the football, the bully ended up tackling him to get it.  I’m not mad about that.  Boys are boys, and will ruff house.  What I’m mad about is the three extra times that this boy slammed my son’s head into the ground.  I asked my son if he told any adults, and he said, “No,” not wanting to be a snitch. 
Finally, this is what I told him.  “You know what, the next time that he lays a finger on you (pushing, hitting, etc.), hit back!” Then he asked, “What if he hits me back?”  Here’s my response, “Then you keep swinging till they pull you off.”  I’m sick of it!  I have played by the school’s rules and said violence is bad, but that’s not protecting my son.  If they are going to keep a kid like that in school, and know what he’s doing, then I’m going to tell my son to fully defend himself.  He’s scared that he’ll get in trouble at school, and if it comes to that, you bet your ass, that I’ll be marching into that school to protect my son.  I feel Mamma Bear stirring in the den, best not wake her!!
So now my son knows two rules.
1.       Never swing first, only fight to defend yourself.
2.     NEVER, under any circumstances, hit a girl.  It might be old fashioned, but it is something that I strongly believe in.  Even if they’re hitting him, he is to NEVER hit back.
I still look at him and see my little boy, so it’s hard to give him permission to fight back, but what else do you do when the school does nothing?  So back to my question; when is it okay to tell a child to fight another child to defend themselves?   

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Filing System

I swear, my mind needs its own filing system.  There are too many thing to think about to keep them all straight.  My husband is always getting on me to write stuff down, so I don’t forget things.  It makes sense, it really does, but I don’t.  Too many things get added and taken away each day that I would constantly be editing the list instead of getting things done.  That’s what it feels like anyway.
My memory stinks to begin with.  It’s always been that way.  Now we add taking care of a house and kids all day.  Some things are going to be forgotten, but think of everything a parent has to remember.  When it comes to the kids that are in school, you have to make sure their homework is done and they take anything else that was needed that day; hat, gloves, projects, snacks, lunch, glasses, backpack.  The list goes on and on.  Then there are the kids that stay home.  There’s the stuff that you most definitely will not forget, but still have to remember, such as eating, bathing, brushing teeth, etc.  Then, holy cow, there’s the house.  You have to remember to do specific laundry on days so the person has what they need to wear the next day.  You have to remember to take trash out, fill humidifier, clean out the fridge, pick up the house, clean the house, make sure all pets are taken care of, and that’s just scratching the surface.
Then we add being an author to the mix.  I have so many stories in my head that it’s hard to keep them straight.  I have the current Nephilim Series that I’m working on, but even though I’m trying to get book 2 done, book 3&4 keep trying to push through.  Plus, I have 2 other adult series that I want to eventually write.  Then to top it all off, I have 2 different children’s books that I want to write, one of which is a series.  It’s like they take turns coming to the front of my mind, and even if I had plans to work on something else, my mind is telling me something different.  I do try to write down specific details for each, so I don’t forget, but sometimes they get lost in the bottomless pit I call my mind.  I just wish I could write as fast as I think things up.
Maybe this is why I like sleep so much.  It could also be that my bed is VERY comfy J, but also when I sleep, my mind is at least centered on one thing. Don’t get me wrong.  I love my family, and my life.  It’s just that my mind feels so overloaded at times.  Everyone says, stop thinking so much, but if I stop thinking so much, how will anything get done? I know I’m not alone here, so hats off to everyone that knows exactly what I’m talking about and still keeps going.  Till next time!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Hey Everyone,
Welcome to my blog!  I’m really new to this, so bear with me for a while. 
Here is a place where you will learn all about me, and what goes on in that scrambled mess I call my mind.  Sometimes I watch a show or movie and want to discuss it with people.  Most of the time, I read a book, but have no one to talk to about it.  How about when my kids do something so out of the ordinary…  You will hear about it all, right here. 
Here are a couple of my rules that I will always follow:
1.       I will never push my religious or political beliefs through this blog.  I believe that everyone has a right to their own opinion, and even if I might disagree with someone, it doesn’t make them wrong to think the way they do.  I might state my feelings about something in the news, but it will always be in a respectful manner.
2.       I read independent and commercially published books alike.  Being an independent author myself, I know how hard it is to get a book out there that people want to read.  Because of this, I will NEVER post a bad review for an independently published book.  I will not lie though, so if I don’t like one, I just won’t post anything about it.
3.       I personally will never promote anything that I have not used, seen, or read before.
4.       I hate lying!  I tell my children all the time not to lie, so I will do my best to always be as honest as I can.   
5.       Last, but not least.  My spelling and punctuation are not the greatest.  **Being honest here** I will do my best not to have any grammatical errors in my posts, but I can’t guarantee there won’t be any.  So if you see any, you’ll have to live with it.  There is a reason I have an editor for my books. J
That being said, I hope you enjoy my blog.  I will try to keep the language clean, but you never know, something might slip out here and there.  Feel free to leave comments.  I love good discussions!  Enjoy the rest of the day.