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.

Exclusive with Eden Bradley…/Lover’s Moan by Savannah Chase

Today’s review is slightly different. One paperback book with Three authors. Three Stories. One Review., plus a short story by Savannah Chase.
Exclusive First up is Eden Bradley’s, “Sanctuary” where Devin meets Master Shaye. Devin’s best friend convinces her to go to a fetish club where the lights are high, the music loud and the play is insatiable. What started as going to make her friend happy becomes much more. Devin finds she actually is enjoying it.

Master Shaye is an experienced Dom who is one of the “players” at the Fetish Club, “Club X”…where Devin stumbles in and catches his eye. Shaye enjoys playing with the subs at the club, as he doesn’t have to risk emotional dealing with them. He can just play and they leave.

Devin has never been a part of the BDSM lifestyle. Can Shaye teach her to enjoy it as much as he does? Will he lose his heart to this innocent?

This was my first chance to read Eden Bradley but is not my last. I have since read Dark Gardens and hope to read many more in the near future. Ms. Bradley’s knowledge of the BDSM lifestyle is apparent in her writing and that makes it much more enjoyable for me. I tend to shy away from reading most BDSM as much of it is written by people who know next to nothing about it, other than it is a money maker, apparently. If you want real BDSM told with honest and truth, Eden Bradley is the first one I’d turn to.

Next is Wild Nights by Jaci Burton is a novella that stands alone but is better understood if you have already read her novel Wild, Wicked, & Wanton (Berkley Heat). This short novella connects us once again to Mike Nottingham. Mike has seen it all, and this leaves him jaded. He’s in Las Vegas looking for something, something different…

Grace Wylde is almost a mirror image of Mike. As untouchable as he is…and Mike doesn’t like it one bit. He’s used to being the one to let others down, easy or not…but Grace does it to him before he can do it to her. Grace doesn’t want commitment anymore than Mike…

When Mike accepts a friends invitation to an exclusive club, he meets the owner, Grace Wylde and nothing is the same again…Will he convince her he wants more than a fling? Will she convince him she does also.

Last up is Purple Magic by Lisa Renee Jones where Vampires coexist knowingly with humans. Jolene is trying to save her friend Carrie from the evil Alex who has captured more woman than just this one. Drago is a Slayer who is working undercover to bring the Vampire, Alex down…but when he meets Jolene, he finds that his soul crys out to him that she is his mate. Can he push the feeling down in order to complete his mission, to save not only Carrie, but the others imprisoned by Alex? Can Jolene trust this man, slayer with not only her friend’s life, but her own heart?

I had not read Jaci Burton or Lisa Renee Jones before reading Exclusive. I enjoyed their stories, but must say that Eden Bradley’s is still the one that resonates most with me.

If you want an enjoyable read, I suggest this book for sure. I read it over the course of several weeks, as I had a number of Dr. appointments and would read it while waiting each week. Otherwise, this could be read in several hours for certain.

Lover’s Moan by Savannah Chase
This was a very short piece of erotica that was enjoyable. Because of it’s shortness, I have decided to only link it and not do a review.

Storm Warning and Have a Little Faith by Kadi Dillon: Two for Tuesday Reviews

Thank you for bearing with me as I dealt with illness this last week.  I am feeling a little better now and decided to try to get up at least one series of reviews. (I have two more series of reviews to write, but they’ll have to wait. Nap is indicated now.)  

Storm Warning by Kadi DillonStorm Warning by Kadi Dillon is a short, but enjoyable story.

Tory Fairchild is terrified of storms, most especially tornado’s due to losing both her mother and father to one as a child. Now as an adult, Tory chases these storms.

Gabe Wills is a well-known photographer who pays to be with Tory and her group of chasers. Just the fact that Gabe has the money to do for the storm chasers what Tory cannot is enough to set up a dislike right from the start in Toni’s mind.

This book moves quickly and is quite believable to me.  I found the heated dislike which masked other feelings from Tory to be something that in my opinion made sense.  Then again, I’m unconventional to begin with.  I have to say, I loved the part where Tory’s about to be ex-boyfriend shows up and gets physical with her.  Tory doesn’t hesitate to bring him down by drop kicking his family jewels.  The ex comes back later, and the results could be deadly

I do recommend this book to anyone wanting a short, quick read with some good romance along the way. I give this a solid ****.  I will say, there were editing problems, but that is expected when reading an Advanced Readers Copy, (ARC) and the editing problems have now been resolved.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Storm Warning to give an honest review of.

 

Have a Little Faith by Kadi Dillon is another short and enjoyable read.Have a Little Faith by Kadi Dillon

Alexandra Morgan will do anything necessary to save the ranch she calls home. Lane Tanner will take what he wants, including Alexandra Morgan. When to stubborn and willful personalities collide, the sparks of passion fly. Is it passion for what they each want, or passion of love? Only time will tell.

Alex’s father died and left a staggering debt. Her mother, wheelchair bound since the accident that claimed her body and Alex’s three-month old daughter is selling the ranch to Lane to turn into a Dude Ranch. Alex can’t allow that to happen. Faith is all she has…and she won’t lose her a second time, not even to a man used to taking everything he wants.

Lane has a lot to prove, to himself and to his father. He has even more to prove to Alexandra Morgan if he wants to claim her as his own.  When reason doesn’t work on her, he turns to Alex’s mother with a proposition. The land and Alex’s hand in marriage for a staggering amount of money that will take care of the debt Alex’s father left when he died.

Can Lane convenience Alex that it’s more than business? Can Alex ever explain how much Faith means to her and why she can’t leave the ranch? Read Have a Little Faith to discover the answer.

This book receives a **** from me, along with a laugh out loud at the ending paragraph.  You did well, Ms. Dillon…well indeed.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for giving an Honest review.

Solidarity by Adelle Lauden and Butterface by Gwen Hayes:Two for Tuesday

Both of today’s reviews are from short stories/novelette

Solidarity by Adelle LaudenSolidarity by Adelle Laudan was a short, quick read. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Shag and his friends, Larry and Bones are riding to Michigan for the Easy Rider Rodeo. They’ve been planning this trip for near a year now.

Bones is so massive, he dwarfs his midnight blue motorcycle, Fatboy.  His size alone had mothers scurrying to protect their children.  They are unaware this man is the same one who spends the holiday season organizing Toy Runs for kids in need.

Larry is antsy and ready to get going.. His 1953 Indian Chief with iridescent cream paint appeared to change color at each bend in the road. With is bald head and fair complexion, Larry could get lost in the color scheme with his bike.

The three bikers head out, letting their thoughts be carried by the wind, and riding the long open road ahead of them, all 650 clicks of it. (403 miles/650 kilometres)

Only a few pages in to the story, we discover that Shag has lost his leg due to a horrible motorcycle accident. We also find out he’s been ‘asleep’ a long time, but at this point, we don’t know exactly how long.  The book continues in this manner, with learning what lead up to the accident, how it happened, told in a flashback manner. Intermingled in an easy to read style we also see the ‘present time’ story of what’s happening now, and how both Shag and his wife, Lucy are dealing with the loss of the leg, Shag being unable to ride his motorcycle any longer, and his inability to cope with friends and family.

While being only 23 pages long, Solidarity tells a story well. It’s not an epic novel of pure inspiration, yet it inspires the reader. One understands easily why Shag is feeling as he does, reacts to people in the growling manner he now uses, and admire Lucy for sticking with him, regardless of how he speaks to her.  She knows he’s hurting, literally and figuratively and also knows a secret, which the reader finds out at the very end of the book. A sweet, wonderful ending ensues.

I recommend Solidarity if you’ve never read Adelle Laudan before. I hadn’t and this short interested me enough to try it and I did like it.  I’m now interested in finding more of Ms. Laudan’s work.

On a star rating scale, I’d give this a solid **** and recommend it to pretty much anyone.

Butterface by Gwen Hayes is a book about a girl I can understand.Butterface by Gwen Hayes

Elizabeth Anderson was born with Hemifacial Microsamia, a facial deformity. She had managed to not be inundated with the kidney and hear problems that plagued some patients with this birth defect. Often, “they” would say she was lucky.  In Beth’s mind, lucky people aren’t born with facial deformities. She keeps her hair messy as a curtain to help hid the scars from the deformity. She had learned how to hide the asymmetry of her face by camouflaging it with the hair in different ways, how she held her neck, her cheek. Anything that would soften the profile she had.

Lucas O’Leary, better known as Lucky is one of the University’s star soccer players, who lives with six of his teammates, rather than at the dorms on campus. He’s spending a lot of time at Bing’s Diner, because it was open all night and served breakfast 24/7. Several of Lucky’s teammates show up at the diner one night and suggest that he take Liz to the “Dog Dance.”

I related to how Beth felt, as I was born with a uni-lateral cleft lip, a cleft palate, and have scars and a flattened nose as a result of the surgeries. I remember going home I tears after not only kids but teachers made fun of me and my speech impediment. How Ms. Hayes managed to show us so quickly, and satisfactorily the two main characters and get us to like them is a testament to her writing ability.

This story will leave you with a smile, and hopefully, you’ll be drawn to learn more about Hemifacial Microsamia as I was.

This book receives a ****1/2 from me. Thank you, Gwen, for writing a story about an imperfect looking heroine.