#Book #Anniversary: Naturally Luna

My bestseller, Naturally Luna, is now six years old. Where did the time go? I’ve been going back and forth on this one for a while, but there maybe a sequel coming…not sure yet though.

Description: Amily Trisdent is 17, looking forward to graduation but has a problem. Her whole family are wolves…except her. For some reason she has not been able to shift, but she has all the other abilities of a werewolf. Her senses are superior to Morts, but that’s it. Then one day everything changes. She is not a member of the pack, she faces problems with the pack leader, and new rogues come to town to throw their own chaos to the mix. Amily is not sure if she can handle everything she has to do.

#BookReview: Very Bad Things (Briarwood Academy Book 1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills 1/5 Stars

Ok, so I haven’t disliked a book this bad since  I went off on the Paranormal University series. I will not be reading the sequels to this one ever.
Let’s catch you up as I’m halfway through when I started this.

The MFC has gone mental after her crush had a one night stand with her. And I don’t mean the normal crazy girls are often said to do when they have been wronged. I mean certifiably insane. I seriously get Stephen King’s Carrie vibes, but without everything that made Carrie cool.

Her mother is a T-total bitch, and though we haven’t seen anything too bitchy, but it is alluded to that she can be physically abusive. The father is only ever mentioned as being across town for work and her half brother is a drug addict. I’m calling it now, the half brother has raped her, but they seem to be saving that big news for the later half of the book. There are also mentions that she has been with others, before her one night stand but it is fuzzy as to if they were consensual or not. After read: Her sexual history is still a bit fuzzy.

One of her many “let’s-break-the-perfect-me” moments is she goes in to get a tattoo with a friend and walks out with ONE breast piercing. Who in their right minds gets one nipple pierced? I have never seen or heard of this. It’s weird. On top of it all, she doesn’t pay for it. Just walks out after getting dressed and it’s like instantly healed, no tenderness or anything later.

The MMC can’t decide if he wants to be a father like figure to her or screw her brains out.

There was an incident with the couple and the MMC’s current girlfriend that irks me. The MMC drags MFC into the bathroom to play daddy and say she can’t wear the skimpy dress out in public,  they end up making out. When they rejoin the girlfriend, brother (MMC’s brother) and MFC’s best friend in the living room, the MFC thinks the girlfriend isn’t stupid because she can tell they were making out. Messed hair and lipstick smeared are the tell-tell signs. Ok, but it was also mentioned that her neck was sucked on hard. The word suck was used three times actually. So you know there’s a hickey that everybody sees. But apparently no one can because no one mentions it and the MFC continues to go to a party and make out with another guy.

At this party she runs into another guy who tries to get frisky and it is assumed that he had sexual relations with her before that were not welcomed. And just because this guy just broke up with his two girlfriends that day, she doesn’t want to be with him. Yes, it could be because he forced himself on her before, but then she wouldn’t know what double standards are and she’s supposed to be super intelligent. Something we only see very occasionally.

Oh and she has a stash of coke in her purse that she keeps thinking about taking, but ends up drinking vodka instead.

Little PSA: VODKA HAS A DISTINCT SMELL! I don’t know how or why this myth got started, but vodka has a strong smell and it can be detected by anyone within 30ft of you.

Ok going to try and keep going now.

How the hell does a girl that leaves 5 minutes before you, pull up at her house minutes after you parked in front of it? Ya didn’t pass her car on the road, and she just left your place where she saw you kissing your girlfriend.

Which is another thing, how is being caught kissing, fully clothed, the same as caught having sex? I have seen some graphic PDA, but the kiss described was pretty pg-13, but the MFC said the MMC pretty might as well have caught them horizontally.

MMC doesn’t understand why needy people fish for compliments on Facebook, and yet this whole story is about how needy and desperate she is to get a guy to like her…see the mental issues?

Slapping can leave bruises too.

It is kind of funny, I am 55% in and it has not once been mentioned that the MFC’s mother smokes. But I picture her with a cigarette in her hand, maybe even one of those cigarette extenders from the 1920’s. Now, halfway through and the mother pulls out a pack of cigarettes. Just found that funny.

Half brother sent you a picture that would be proof of the rapage! Show the mama, she can’t deny a picture. Even if she can, the popo can’t. Use it as blackmail, common sense really, but I bet that doesn’t happen.

Can we stop being overdramatic about telling the school to fuck off? Not that big of a deal.

Since the MFC now lives across the street from the MMC, how do they not see each other in passing for almost a full week? All either one has to do is look out the window.

Pretty sure the birthday wasn’t mentioned to anyone because she was pissed her mom didn’t acknowledge it.

Yea her sex offender half brother texting and threatening her is no big deal. Especially when her own mother is running around town telling everyone she wanted it to happen. No big deal at all.

Well a scene in chapter 24 comes out of nowhere and seems more fitting to a dream sequence than a part of their reality. Not to mention her half brother said he’s coming for her and she’s supposed to be meeting her father to pick up stuff from the house…so I’m like she has time for this random, out of character stuff?

So much for letting him go. I’m doing so much eye rolling, I’m getting dizzy.

Nice. Cheating and anti-climactic, but nice.

Yay finished. Last question, why is it called Briarwood Academy if the school has very little to no relevance? Usually the series title has a lot to do with the story, this is not the case and adds to the confusion of the reader if they pick it up expecting something with more school setting.

#Book #Anniversary: Love and Drugs

If any of my books were going to get me in trouble with friends and family it would be Love and Drugs. I did not think to change a name or two before I hit publish, so at least one character I based off a friend is still given her irl name. It has been six years, so maybe she hasn’t noticed…

Description: Magdalene is a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school.

Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?

#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