Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall: Two for Tuesday Reviews.

What a delightfully quirky read.

I believe even Lewis Carrol would find it to be worthy. Marie Hall puts her own spin on the classic of old and gives us a new story that has you laughing, then crying, then sighing in contentedness.

Alice Hu loves the Mad Hatter. She always has. Mad Hatter has waited so many years to find his Alice and despairs it will ever happen. Danika, the Fairy Godmother to “the Bad Boy’s” has only one last shot at helping Hatter find his one true Aluce,

Can it be done? Will Wonderland accept her? Read Her Mad Hatter and find out.

Dominating Amy by Emily Ryan-Davis/In Cassie’s Corner by Dale Mayer Two for Tuesday Reviews

Two for Tuesday: October 08, 2012

Dominating Amy by Emily Ryan-Davis

This is a short read, bit well worth the time. There are only really two sex scenes, but I very much enjoyed reading this novelette by Ms. Davis. The author spent time with letting us learn about Mac and Amy, and why Mac shies away from being the dominant that Amy feels she needs.

Amy works as a model, sometimes posing for fetish layouts. During her friends Elizabeth’s (a Domme) party, she is bound by a man demonstrating shibari rope ties. She slips into sub space, a place where submissive’s sometimes go when the pleasure is overwhelming. I say this as a submissive myself. Elizabeth calls Mac to take her home, using wine as the reason for his wife’s tipsy behavior. Mac is not deceived by this.

Do to his fathers abusive behavior to his submissive mother, Mac wants no part of the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Yet, the thought of a life without Amy is one he cannot face.

Dominating Amy allows us to have a look into the beginning of a BDSM relationship where marriage is involved. I feel Emily got this quite right and recommend this quick read to anyone who wants a little heat with their reading.

In Cassie’s Corner by Dale Mayer

This book just did not stand up to the others I have read by Ms. Mayer. There were too many mistakes, missing words, repeated phrases, story lines left undone. In Cassie’s Corner left me feeling, blah. Like, who cares.

Todd is dead. Drunk driving, or so the police say. Cassie is, was, his best friend. He shows up in her room one night and begs her not to believe what she is going to hear the next day. She agrees and goes to sleep. Next morning, her parent’s tell her that Todd is dead.

This had a good concept, and given how much I enjoyed all of her other books, I am disappointed. I had expected much more in the way of story, plot line, writing and more. If this is your first time reading Ms. Mayer, I recommend Tuesday’s Child first.

Super Zero by Rhonda Stapleton/A Dog’s Life by Dale Mayer: Two for Tuesday Reviews

Today’s reviews are two romantic comedies, a genre that until now, I have skipped over. No more. Due to Dale Mayer’s, “A Dog’s Life” and Rhonda Stapleton’s ,”Super Zero”, I have discovered the pleasure that is romantic comedy. First up is:

20120930-173719.jpg Super Zero by Rhonda Stapleton was one of the most delightful reads I have had in a long time. The story kept me guessing as to who the villain or villains were.

Jenna is a mere human being amongst SuperHero’s. Her boss is Mason, aka The Machine one of the SuperHero’s and the head of the League of Heroes. Rowena is his wife, a super heroine. It is the Midwest League of Heroes turn to guard a Crystal that can turn a normal human into a superhero, though one never knows what their new power will be, or it can strip a superhero of their power. Either way, it must be protected.

Jenna becomes the guardian of the Crystal when it comes to the LOH. Vigilante is the superhero ordered to protect Jenna from those who would try to steal the crystal.

The story has twist and turns that will have you laughing and the biting your fingernails. Ms. Stapleton did a fantastic job on the writing and bringing the characters to life for her readers.

I did find some editing problems that took away from the reading for a moment, but it was easy to get back into it once I figured out what the sentences were supposed to be.

If you have never read a romantic comedy before, Super Zero is great for cutting your teeth on. Highly recommended.

Next up is:
A Dog’s Life by Dale Mayer which was a laugh out loud book. A woman who has never owned a pet starts her first day working as a secretary for a vet. The first day jitters, coupled with a hectic zoo like atmosphere at the vet’s leads Ninna to believe she is losing her mind.

You see, Ninna hears voices. Okay, more like just one voice. The voice of a dog, named Mosey. Mosey is a plump canine of the Bassett Hound breed. A bit rotund, a bit snarky, but dog love ’em, he is so much fun.

Ninna has spent countless hours and dollars with mental health professionals and pharmaceuticals to stop these voices she has been hearing much of her life. It has been sometime since she last heard the voices and she cannot believe it is happening again.

While all of this is happening, we discover that there have been a number of burglaries in Ninna’s neighborhood. What Ninna is unaware of is that this thief has a special interest in her. He’s been watching her through her curtains and is becoming increasingly agitated as he realizes he has changed his routine which has kept him from capture for so long.

Stuart is the good looking vet who lives across the street. He brings home animals who need a little extra TLC. This wonderful looking vet needs a dog sitter, and Ninna is trying to decide if she wants a dog or cat and so Stuart offers to allow her to stay at his home to care for the dogs. Nothing can go wrong…right?! Wrong…it does, and in a big way while Ninna is still listening to Mosey as he tells her he wants gravy. More gravy. “What, no gravy?” Sorry, channeling my inner cartoon character.

I won’t tell you anymore because I do not want to give the story away. The ending will surprise you, in I think, a good way.

This is the third book I have read of Ms. Mayer and I must say, it is my favorite. Dale writes wonderful suspense romance, but this romantic comedy just really has it all. I hope to read more RC’s from Ms. Mayer in the future. She is fast becoming one of my favorite go to authors to read.

Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee/Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer

First up for today’s review is:
Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee

It is 1945. Sarah is a war widow who ends up at a carnival. She goes with friends into the “freak Show” tent where she sees the tattooed man along with others. Something about the man with tattoos stays with her. Next morning, she finds him in her barn.

This story deals with prejudice in many forms. Also, abuse. Sarah sees beyond the tattoos to the human inside. Can she help her town see it before it is too late for Tom, the tattoo man?

This is a great read, and worth picking up. I got it while it was free.

4 1/2 stars from me.

Next up is Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer

What a story. A woman who doesn’t just see the murders, she lives them with the victims. This sorry grabbed my attention and never let go. This was the second book by Ms. Mayer I read, but will not be the last. If you like romance with your paranormal, this is the author for you to read, and a series worth reading.

4 3/4 stars.

Some features on hiatus during my illness

Friday Friends, Squb Saturday are on hiatus until further notice. I do not have the energy or stamina to do these plus the Wednesday Workshops and Two for Tuesday Reviews. I am trying to keep the features that I feel most readers will benefit from.

I hope to get the blog back up to muster by December 1st and maybe have some good and necessary changes by then also.

The Scarred Soul by Tracy Alderman/Beginning to Heal by Ellen Bass Two for Tuesday

The Scarred Soul by Tracy Alderman is one of those rare self-help books which really does help. As a self-injured who is going on nearly twelve years without an active SI episode, I know that this book can be a life preserver.

Do you cut or burn or engage in otherwise harmful ways to yourself? Do you know why you do this? These are some of the things which Ms. Alderman encourages each reader to discover for themselves.

There are different exercises you can do, ways to help yourself in modifying your cutting behavior. I know it works as I was once you. Sometimes, when being completely honest with myself, I could be there again. It is, in my opinion, a possible addiction not unlike smoking and alcoholism. Is one ever “cured?” I don’t know. I don’t think even Ms. Alderman would know, but she does know what she’s talking about when she explains some of the reasons one way decide to engage in self-harm.

Beginning to Heal by Ellen Bass

About twenty years ago, a dear friend asked for more information regarding child sexual abuse. I had the larger book, The Courage to Heal but realized it would be too overwhelming. Beginning to heal gave my friend the basics of what she needed to know, and it gave her some information that let her know that the things she had been doing to try to help me such as believing me, listening, supporting me, were all the right things to do.

The section for family & friends who are supporters helped her to see that taking time for herself, her family, would not jeopardize our friendship, nor my recovery.

I highly recommend this book to anyone recovering from child sexual abuse, or those who are supporting survivors of the same.