#Book #Anniversary: A Ninja in Time

I feel like A Ninja in Time has been out for longer than two years. It was my favorite, so far, to write. I dug into a lot of history books and the Japanese culture as a whole to make it. Loved every minute of it. Fair warning, there is no Happily Ever After. Was never meant to be with this book.

Description: Wysteria Sakimoto-Johnston has been trained according to the Bushido code her whole life by her father. Wanting to follow in her deceased mother’s footsteps, she decides to travel to Japan in search of Bisha, her parents’ sensei, to be trained in Jujutsu.
Her father had failed to mention a couple of things about his old teacher, so when Wys arrives to find Bisha is the god of War and intends to train her by sending her back to the Sengoku period, she freaks out inside. Everything happens too fast for her to outwardly react and if she did let her emotions known it could be her death.
During training and trying to survive in a new world, she discovers a power hidden deep within her that gives her hope of returning to the future. Then tragedy strikes and she is no longer sure she can go back to the present or if her honor will prevent her from her ultimate fate.

#Book #Anniversary: Innocence (Legend Series Bk 1)

Innocence was a fun one to write as I got to dig into my Irish roots and learn some folklore. This marks its 7th birthday!

Description: Alexa-Jordyn is bored with her small town life, and decides to spice it up a bit. Spending her senior year in a foreign country she meets a boy and falls in love. Before her 18th birthday her world starts to spiral beyond her imagination. She learns that people are not always what they seem to be and by the end, she may not be who she thought she really was.

#WIPs Chosen as Next Full-Time Projects

While I am still having a blah feeling, it is picking up. I have narrowed my list of 100+ projects down to two. They are both still a long way from being finished, but they are going to be the next ones done.

Don’t Let Go First is about a girl who falls in love with a Marine. This project has been in the works for three or four years now. I have the beginning and a lot of the middle done, but not quite sure where it is headed right now. Romance genre, yes but I’m thinking maybe more of a drama type thing…I would say it is 75% written, but need to figure out the other 25%.

Courting His Mate is a relatively new project that came to me in January. I personally love it and can’t wait to get the first draft finished. It is a non-Alpha, werewolf romance. However, I am unsure if this one will be published through Amazon or if it will just go to Wattpad. It’s not that I’m ashamed of it or anything, I’m just not sure if it would sell. I know it would do well on Wattpad, because that’s where the big werewolf market seems to be. At least for a book with an age gap in the main characters. Not a huge gap, but I’ve been called out for big age gaps before and that doesn’t seem to bother the readers over at Wattpad.

#Blah Feeling

Yay, I published my first audiobook back in February! Since then I’m just feeling blah. I do write, a little, but no clear focus on what will be my next full project. Many in the works, but none that strike my attention.

I don’t know if I want to go back and record the already published books or if I want to work on a revision of Touchdown Interruption instead of new work.

If I work on old work, I feel bad for not writing anything new and vice a versa.

I just have no motivation right now and don’t know when or if it will return.

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Ninja-in-Time-Audiobook/B08WBYWDMC?qid=1613510677&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=83218cca-c308-412f-bfcf-90198b687a2f&pf_rd_r=3AF3GZPTWMYTZZ1RAMW8

Rumor has it, it is also on Itunes but the moron I am, not sure how to get the link for it.

#BookReview: The Carneys Collection by Sophie Austin 2/5 Stars After Read: Just a review for Rake

Can she be an employee if she’s never stepped foot on the company’s property? Would she be qualified to orginaize a worker’s union for that company if she hasn’t actually worked there? She wouldn’t have 1st hand experience and the knowledge she gains 2nd hand could be exaggerated or not the full picture.

The opening page is just confusing. Figured out, no she is not an employee but sounds like someone hired by the employees to help them become a union. Ok… in my head I’m picturing the bulk of workers gathered together and decided on this in order to take it to Sasha in the first place. Wouldn’t that mean all she would need to do is paperwork? Why would they need to keep the efforts quiet if everyone at the workplace already knows what is happening? You can’t keep things hush hush at work for long, especially when you need a majority of the force to chip in.

This opening just isn’t working well for me.

Aw hell, Author said Charlestown, not Charleston.  Some of the charm is gone.

So far the MMC, Finn, is a whiney bitch. I’m honestly thinking he’s like Ashton Kutcher mixed with a character called Van from the tv Reba.

No way in hell can you have a woman kidnapped and taken to your apartment without her thinking you had anything to do with it.

How much darker and twisted can you get if you got beat up by their flunkies? Think about it, most mobs/mafias have a code that includes not harming women. In general men have this same commandment. They don’t. Pretty much only thing worse would be messing with kids in someway and nothing has been shown to imply they would. So my question is how naive is the FMC to believe they are darker and more twisted than kidnapping? Beating the crap out of her was worse than the kidnapping was.

Like they don’t already know where she is and won’t go for her little brother if she doesn’t cooperate? I’m beginning to think Sasha is dumber than a box of rocks.

That’s one thing I’ve never understood about the rough romance genre, how does bringing the woman to a climax equal punishment? Are you going for the guilt trip that happens afterwards? Hoping she hates herself enough for being forced to get off that she will cooperate? Yea she might feel guilt, like she betrayed herself or womankind for a bit, but probably not enough not to defy the guy again if his punishment is a mind-numbing orgasam that makes her feel so good.

She’s sure spending a lot of money for someone who claims to be dirt poor, and no guilt? Haha that’s funny.

Finn’s not one to use false flattery? Dude that’s like number one in his rule book. The girl is clueless. It’s sad that I can remember a time when I was that dumb, it was in the 7th grade, but I guess girls are dumb at different ages.

Another thing I wonder about is how do these people not see that the choice to keep going, damned the consequences is really selfish? They know if they don’t stop someone is going to get hurt. 9 times out of 10 it’s going to be a loved one as that cause more damage. Choosing to keep going with the unionization is only going to get her brother hurt, but it’s ok because IF she wins, she would have beat the mob. Yes I am aware these are characters in a fake book, but you also see this logic in movies and if asked hypothetically how a person in real life would handle it, some would answer in the same way, because they believe it is the right thing to do. Fight for the little guy, no matter who dies. If you truly care about someone, you will protect them at all costs. But sure, family dies for a noble cause.

This brings me to another question, why are they just picking on her? Worst they are doing to the employees, who caused the fuss in the first place, is spreading propaganda against unions. Why not pick a handful at random and threaten them, beat them up to send a message to the others. Sure they could quit, but a lot would straighten up because they need to keep their jobs. Hiring a few outweighs getting unionized or the risk of over half of their employees walking out.

Said it before and I’ll say it again, I overthink shit.

Now he needs to stop focusing on apologizing and work on getting her brother out of town. If he does it quickly and quietly, she can be genuinely upset, file a missing person’s report, get rid of James Carney (for kidnapping) and the Labor Board would take notice of it as trying to tamper with the vote and possibly pass the unionization even faster. A win-win for everyone, because Finn could get back in her good graces. Of course the brother could magically reappear after the dust settles, with a correct story of being kidnapped by one of James’ thugs.

After the election? Move the kid the MMC’s dad wants dead right now, after the election? I’m so glad the mob boss has a ton of patience. Especially when it has been stated that James wants his son to fail, meaning he has a backup plan in place and will pull the trigger anytime. There is little to no logic, no sense of urgency and it’s making the storyline fall flat.

If he’s defeating he will be more hellbent on revenge. Again no logic.

Unless she quit her job, she’s still in the union game, just not on the casino case. We don’t know if she quit or not yet.

Ok so, turns out this is a collection of 3 books. I read Rake, but do not feel the need to read the other two. This one was drawn out too long and only held my interest to see how much worse it could get. Yea it had some good moments but they were few and in-between.

2020 GoodReads Challenge Completed 101/100 Pt. 2

  1. Guilty as Sin by Rosalind James 3/5 Stars
  2. The Runaway Breeder by Alana Dyer 4/5 Stars
  3. Not Rejected Just Unwanted by Hayboo2017 3/5 Stars
  4. The Scarlet Bride by Tricia Jean 3/5 Stars Somethings didn’t make since, but it was nice.
  5. Cinders and Ashes by X. Aratare 4/5 Stars
  6. The Omega’s Gamble by Colbie Dunbar 2/5 Stars
  7. The Beta and Me by Courtney Wendleton 5/5 Stars
  8. Secrets by Althea Romig 4/5 Stars
  9. A Swan for Christmas by M.M Wilde 4/5 Stars Sweet
  10. Omega’s Fate by Wolf Specter 3/5 Stars
  11. The Viscount’s Prey by Julia Leijon 4/5 Stars
  12. Little Tiger and the Year of the Dragon by D.B. Patterson 4/5 Stars
  13. Studying Her Vikings by Skye MacKinnon 4/5 Stars
  14. Misdelivered by Keira Blackwood 4/5 Stars
  15. A Tiger’s Gift by Ariel Marie 4/5 Stars
  16. Digging the Wolf by Steffanie Holmes 4/5 Stars
  17. Plundering the Prince by Dick Rier 2/5 Stars
  18. Sleeping with the Wolf by Maddy Barone 4/5 Stars
  19. Claimed by Ice by Eris Sage 4/5 Stars Lacking a bit
  20. Dark Mafia Prince by Annika Martin 4/5 Stars
  21. My Father’s Best Friend’s Secret Baby by Jamie Knight 4/5 Stars
  22. My Partner the Wolf by Hollis Shiloh 4/5 Stars
  23. Stetson by Kim Fox 4/5 Stars
  24. Chasing Sam by Krystal Shannon 4/5 Stars

2020 GoodReads Challenge Completed 101/100 Pt. 1

  1. Dexter Series by Jeff Lindsay 3-4 Stars COMPLETELY different than the TV series!
    1. Darkly Dreaming Dexter
    2. Dearly Devoted Dexter
    3. Dexter in the Dark
    4. Dexter by Design
  2. House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast 4-5 Stars
    1. Marked
    2. Betrayed
    3. Chosen
    4. Untamed
    5. Hunted
    6. Tempted
    7. Burned
  3. Devoted Series by J. Lerman 4-5 Stars Love this series!
    1. The Ivy Lessons
    2. Where Ivy Grows
    3. Bound By Ivy Forever
    4. The Blackwell Lessons
  4. Light as a Feather by Zoey Aarson 4/5 Stars
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling 4/5 Stars
  6. The Matchmaker by Aiden and Austin Bates 3/5 Stars
  7. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 5/5 Stars A favorite from Jr. High.
  8. The Unseen by Luke Alistair 4/5 Stars
  9. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry 3/5 Stars
  10. The Deal by Stella Gray 4/5 Stars
  11. Blind Beast Mate by Milana Jacks 3/5 Stars
  12. The Colloway Brothers Series by K.L. Kreig 3-4/5 Stars
    1. Finding Gray
    2. Forsaking Gray
  13. Dirty Billionaire by Meghan March 3/5 Stars
  14. The Billionaire Duke Series by Gina Robinson 3-4/5 Stars
    1. The Billionaire Duke
    2. The Duchess Contest
  15. The China Epidemic by A.R. Shaw 5/5 Stars Read for Irony, loved the book.
  16. Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash by Jeff Katz (Story), James Kuhoric, Jason Craig (Illustrator) 4/5 Stars Epic artwork.
  17. Dark and Deadly Things by Kelly Martin 4/5 Stars
  18. The Haunting of Highdown Hall by Shani Struthers 3/5 Stars
  19. Mating the Omega by Ann-Katrin Byrde 4/5 Stars
  20. Egyptian Gods by Patrick Auerbach 2/5 Stars
  21. Wicked Favor by Sawyer Bennett 4/5 Stars
  22. Love Beyond the Wall Amelia Wilson 3/5 Stars
  23. The Damaged by Simon Law 3/5 Stars
  24. Ten Count Vol. 1 and 2 by Rihito Takarai 5/5 Stars
  25. Anima by Dany Dany 5/5 Stars
  26. The Shining by Stephen King 5/5 Stars
  27. The Alpha’s Consort by Jacklyn Black 3/5 Stars
  28. The Alpha’s Mate by Eve Adrian 1/5 Stars
  29. The Last Christmas by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender (Illustrator), Tony Moore (Illustrator) 3/5 Stars
  30. Highland Burn by Victoria Zak 4/5 Stars
  31. The Incubus and Woodcutter Yamila Abraham, Le Peruggine (Illustrator) 3/5 Stars
  32. Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Lessons by Olivia Helling 1/5 Stars
  33. Ever Strange by Alisa Woods 4/5 Stars
  34. Succubus in Seven Days by J.C. Treeson 4/5 Stars
  35. Incubus Among Us by Mac Flynn 3/5 Stars
  36. Seductive Soul by Allison Lindt 3/5 Stars
  37. Prophecy by Layla Heart 4 /5 Stars
  38. Caught in the Glow by Eva Chase 3/5 Stars
  39. Infidelity Series by Althea Romig 3-5/5 Stars
    1. Betrayal
    2. Cunning
    3. Deception
    4. Entrapment
    5. Fidelity
  40. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn 4/5 Stars My 1st Star Wars Novel.
  41. Lucifer’s Daughter by Kel Carpenter 4/5 Stars
  42. Martinis with the Devil byA.A. Chamberlin 5/5 Stars
  43. Crown of Death by Keary Taylor 5/5 Stars
  44. Resurrection by Tanith Frost 4/5 Stars
  45. The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken 4/5 Stars
  46. January in Atlantis by Alyssa Day 4/5 Stars
  47. Vikings: A Concise History of the Vikings by Henry Freeman 4/5 Stars
  48. A Dominant Man by Lena Black 1/5 Stars
  49. The Arrangement by H.M. Ward 4/5 Stars
  50. Mr. Dirty by Nana Malone 4/5 Stars

#BookReview: The Last Silver Bullet by Gami 4/5 Stars

Fun Fact: The Last Silver Bullet was edited by my editing company, Sanctuary Edits.

The Last Silver Bullet is an interesting read. Tells a quick history of Earth through a different perspective and how the present is in danger from unseen forces. From a purely entertaining view, it is interesting and would make a good sci-fi film. From another perspective, it is a tale of tragedy and a hopeful wake up call for humans. Personally, I’m more on the entertaining side of things, but can see the warnings without it being preached down your throat.

#BookReview: Paranormal University by Jace Mitchell and Michael Anderle 3/5 Stars

Book 4. Last one! Was going to take a bit of a break from the series but, someone hit a pole somewhere and the town’s out of internet. Might as well keep going.

Ok so Andrew was crazy before he got the powers, why am I not surprised? Cool character development plot: he went crazy after getting the powers. It like messed with his head and he started seeing this woman that doesn’t exist…but nope, he was cookoo beforehand.

Y’all done brought Gojira into this! Still no Cthulu!

Hades didn’t go up against Claire. He sent the 5 and stood in a corner to get shot.

Why does the school need protecting is this is what they have been training for? Ladies and gentlemen D-Day has arrived. Those students are now soldiers. Gear up and ship them out.

Absolutely none of the dean’s little speech, after Claire asks why Frank doesn’t come to her, has any relevance. The world being black and white or areas filled with grey does not explain why Frank can’t come to her. How hard is it to say “FBI won’t let him” or “safer to move you than him” anything would make more sense than the world isn’t black and white anymore.

Really? No one thought taking over the white house was too big of a job for a college student?

Here’s a thought that always works: issue a statement “bring me the girl or I release the god of war into the world.” She’ll be there within a day.

Sam’s not even there, she is a non issue. No one cares about Sam.

Falkor has a tail…it can be used to swipe away his footprints…just saying.

Hades carries a pitchfork not a spear.

Done. I’m not sure if I was lazy with this one, or just didn’t feel like I needed to rehash as many things, because I feel like this one is a lot shorter than the rest. 

Overall series comment, I think my biggest issue is it promises a school type setting, but not much is spent in or around the school. All but one class is glossed over, and even that one is not much more than a teacher picking on the students. We’re told the MC and her friends are the best, but there is no rivalry between the others or seeing anything of them at all. They may as well not exist. It was good, but again could have been so much better if a third of the potholes were fixed. If everything was fleshed out more it could have been epic. In general, it was somewhat entertaining, but not enough that I would recommend the series.

#BookReview: Paranormal University Third Semester by Jace Mitchell and Michael Anderle 3/5 Stars

Deep breath in…out here we go for book 3.

Frank didn’t talk to anyone at the start of the last book either. Why the big worry? I’d think Claire would be the one to worry about, witch or not, she killed a human. That should add some depth to her psyche. Added note after finishing: No change at all. 😡

Going to be pissed if Richard isn’t a turncoat. Foundation was laid that he was an undercover FBI agent who joined the dark side. I figured it would be pretty cool if he was Lance, it would have helped him so much in terms of character, but it didn’t turn out that way. Here’s hoping he is still some unknown government lackey to spice things up a bit.

The world is supposedly in immediate peril, but they have time to take vacations? I didn’t question it in the last book because Frank isn’t supposed to be at the school, but now I am. The students don’t seem to learn much outside of facing a threat that occurs too soon for them to have a lot of information on, but somehow pull a lot out of their asses. The FBI try to make it seem like it is a constant, urgent matter where vacation isn’t possible; so why are they taking a two week break? Ruins the sense of urgency.

Wouldn’t it be important to reach your people at all times in this possible war? Again this goes with the sense of urgency and impending war. Let’s say they wanted to give the kids a break, which they did, but unless the cult got the same memo, they aren’t going to take a break. Everything is business as usual and the FBI already knew what the next case would be or else Remington and Lance wouldn’t be in BFE Nebraska. If something happened and they needed to band together, all members of the team should have been given a smartphone to keep in touch. This way they could have been briefed on things quickly and given more time to prepare before getting to the school and having things thrown at them. Again nitpicking…sorry, but not really.

In a single month Marissa has managed to build up enough stamina to contain a more skilled witch ? Sorry, I call BS. That’s the problem with having a magical draining system. It takes time to build up the stamina and ability to hold off the enemy, unless she’s using dark side shortcuts which will eventually turn her evil…promising future or another let down? Remind me why I continued with this series…

Better to have one then none, but if training a whole school to fight the battles, better to have many than one. At least give it some type of schooling instead of just the three.

Dr. Byron all of a sudden believes the Veil activity in Nebraska could be a hoax. I don’t know what to say. Out of everything in the first two books, this naysayer attitude comes too late and from someone it shouldn’t.

Just because the FBI hasn’t shown up yet and videos have been used as proof of Veil activity in the past, the world logic would say this is something that needs to be addressed. I kind of feel like this is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Where Harry is being isolated and almost pushed aside. The teacher suddenly doesn’t believe and wants to wash it under the bridge, making Claire think it should be ignored as well. Even though she was worried about it until Byron said not to. Must be nice to be able to turn off the worry like that.

And great foreshadowing by having the class always study for what is immediately coming next, even though they have no clue what it is going to be. At least HP changed course when Lupin came in and Snape tried to warn them by changing the syllabus. Big eye roll and heavy sarcasm if you couldn’t tell.

How can you give up someone’s location if you don’t know their location or have a way of getting in contact with that person? Unnecessary or unwarranted conflict doesn’t make the story better or have more sense, just makes readers go “huh? That’s stupid.”

Something else just came to mind, if Tina was in a coma, how did the spells keep running? Yes she wasn’t dead, but at the same time there wouldn’t have been enough brain function to keep the spells afloat.

Lost a bit of my notes here…End of chapter 12 now.

Claire the whole series is based on the FBI using you! You signed up for it!

Would like more information on The 5. Especially Bill. He offers no value except to ask stupid questions.

How can Frank claim something is true, if before he started he said it’s what he heard and doesn’t know if it’s true or not?

Zeus does realize that all those weather changes affect the air as well right? Meaning it’s going to be killing his subjects as well and will lose the bet faster than Poseidon. No? Ok.

Did the trio eat alone before Claire left? Maybe. Maybe not. Don’t really know because it’s like the rest of the class doesn’t exist…maybe they are all Mythers…

Still no proof that Claire is better than anyone else. Just being told that she is.  She hasn’t really done anything too impressive either. Everything she and the group have done is something everyone else could do with the right training…the training they are all getting at the school.

If all it takes is one student dropping out to bring the whole school down, you got issues.

Yes Lance, kill the only teacher that gets any facetime. Sarcasm oozing out again.

Honestly I feel they were more prepared for the vampires than the ghosts but that’s just me.

Said you don’t know who the cult leaders are. Implied you didn’t know for sure if they’re human. Samantha’s Uncle is one… all of a sudden, out of nowhere you have someone related to the cult leaders. Why isn’t she the MC?

Sam is only an emotional play if her Uncle likes/loves her. Sounds like they weren’t close to begin with and then he disappeared when she was younger. So really she isn’t even mediocre leverage at all.

What the hell did Jack think the Seals would do? Tickle the bad guys?

Random thought: how or why do night vision or thermal imaging goggles not pick up the Mythers? At the very least they seem the most adaptable piece of equipment that would allow adults to see them.

Why is it still necessary to hold the book? Her character should have had it memorized by now. She should be learning to make her own spells. Unless you’re trying to say the power comes from the book, in which case make multiple copies and get to teaching everybody! But that would also ruin the climax from book two as those witches didn’t need to hold the book to cast spells.

If told to fall back, those at the top of the stairs would have backed up out of the way. Not pushed forward blocking their men’s exit, leading to their death.

Hades knows how night vision goggles work? Really? That doesn’t seem likely.

Apparently being in the 18-23 age bracket gives you the ability to see things at superspeed!

Lance and Remington are either dead, brain dead or severely concussed. Either way, out of the game for a good long while. Added note: how the hell are they still alive, let alone in stable enough condition to leave the hospital? Plothole Magic! *unimpressed eye roll*

Jack complaining about the FBI agents is stupid. He decided to go on the mission. He saw how they were thrown into a wall by a god and should be dead. So he shouldn’t be blaming anything on Remington or Lance.

Oh, look, they’re going to get weapons even though they were told they had no weapons or time to build them…where have I seen that before?

Why in the hell would the first type of Mythers that they wanted to weaponize against be Greek Gods, when everything else coming through the Veil was minor in comparison? Why specifically Greek gods? That makes NO SENSE!!! But explains why they “rush” to produce other weapons because they are sooo deep in god-mode nothing else matters.

How and when did they get a piece of Hades’ helmet or Cerebus’ dog collar to study and replicate in the form of a baseball cap?!?

Dean Pritchem, you did go there to run a Paramilitary operation training center. That was the whole basis for the school!

How is Lance talking if his jaw is wired shut? Somebody skipped that episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

If the witch has the place hexed up so Marissa can’t work any spells, why does she need to be gagged?

If they’re fighting in a basement (side note anyone who has seen Inglorious Bastards would know, you don’t do) why or how are there glass windows?

They got the powers from the witches or the gods? Little ambiguous there.

Please send help, the series is getting worse before it is getting any better.