#BookReview: Royal (Rixton Falls #1) by Winter Renshaw

4 out of 5 Stars

He broke her heart years ago and now that she is happy and about to get married he shows up and ruins it all.

Good but seemed to be lacking something I can’t quite put my finger on. It could be that I am not a big fan of the names, but I don’t think they were that bad.

#Love&Drugs #Sale!

November 28-December 3rd

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?

#ASI: Cree Nations

Hi Cree, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m a mother of two amazing sons and a grandmother of six great kids. I started writing when I was about eight or nine. I’ve always loved the written word – and have been a voracious reader since I was fourteen.

I’m an only child that was brought up by both parents – who by the way picked out my name when they were only twelve years old. Yep – sitting in church watching my Mom sing in the youth choir – my Dad fell in love.  The third night of the revival they said they’d grow up and get married and have a little girl. They were married when they were 20 and I was born when they were 21. They’re both gone now – but left with me memories of an amazing childhood and the knowledge I was loved. I’m sorry for your loss. That is a sweet story though.


Discuss your newest book.

My debut book came out in March – Texas Heat a Stone Brothers Series (Malakai).

Malakai was forced to leave town when he was seventeen for a crime he didn’t do, given the choice of prison or the military he chose the military. Leaving his home and his girl he was gone for five years. He came home – claimed his girl – and brought down the man responsible for all the wrongs done against him and many others. Sounds action-packed!


Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? As I said, I’ve always loved the written word and wanted to be the one writing. In my tenth grade year I wrote a thesis on The Ancient History of Rome – my history teacher loved it and continued to use it for many years with her students.  I wrote my first full length story with the working title of Big Girls Don’t Cry – and it’s packed away in a box somewhere. Last year with the encouragement (and some hard pushing) by a good friend Author Liberty Parker I wrote Malakai’s story.


What are your current projects? I am currently working on the second book in the series “Tucker”. I’m also working on getting an Anthology of my Poetry out.


What books have most influenced your life most? Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper.

What inspired you to write your first book? I wanted to tell a story, a fiction, that brought in the element of Human Trafficking which is the second highest money making industry in the world today.


Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Malakai is the youngest of seven brothers, with a passionate heart and unconditional love for his family and his love – Liberty Rawlins. He will stop at nothing to claim her, and take down the man responsible for hurting her.


Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes there is – never give up and be true to yourself.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Malakai should be played by Channing Tatum and Liberty Rawlins by Jennifer Lawrence

When did you decide to become a writer? When I was sixteen.

Why do you write? To breathe.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My sons are grown, I’m a retired Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I am now writing full time.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Telling the voices of the characters to wait their turn.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Writing a story is like being a parent – you carry the baby then give birth and nurture the child and watch it grow – and then all of a sudden you’re forced to let it go.

What is the easiest thing about writing? Knowing that I’m claiming my dream and allowing these stories that are within me to come out.


What book are you reading now? Royal Savage by Victoria Ashley


What is one random thing about you? I like to eat spicy pickles and popcorn and drink Dr Pepper


What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? That’s a difficult answer to give.  I write scenes out long hand – then on the computer.  I keep a notebook and pencil beside me at all times, even in the car – I often have to pull over and write a thought down when it comes to me.


What does your writing process look like? Oh my gosh – I’d never have to worry about anyone stealing my story – because they’d have to have a code.  There are post it notes everywhere, notes on my phone, and on index cards.


Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Not so strange actually.  I write whenever – alone or listening to music, watching TV, or listening to my grandkids. My youngest comes to me at least ten times an hour and says, “Whatcha doin’ Ninny”. Answer is always the same – “I’m writing.”


How important are names to you in your books? Very important.  The name is the heart of the story for me.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Yes – having to stop and eat, or take a pottie break. Or sleep!!! Sleep is the enemy! lol


Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I learned that I need to engage more with the readers.  And that even though I have to write the story alone – I cannot do it alone – I’ve got to have a support team and I do now.


What is your favorite motivational phrase? Don’t sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate.


What is your favorite book and why? “Hard to Hold” by Stephanie Tyler.  Her lead male character is the most amazing alpha male I’ve ever read.  “Getting Rowdy” by Lori Foster is a close second.


Do you have any advice for other writers? Don’t get upset when someone points out your errors and never ever give up your dream.


What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Think about writing. Or reading a good book.  I just finished reading R.b. O’Brien’s book “Thorne: Rose’s Dark Contract” and let me tell you I fell hard for Thorne.


From where do you gain your inspiration? Life experiences.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I tried to go the other way – and have the dozens and dozens of rejection letters to prove it. Self- Publishing is just the best way for me.

How do you market your books? Through social media. ie: Facebook, Twitter, WordPress.  I have a great support group with a dedicated PA.

Why did you choose this route? Like I said it was my best option.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I do not use a PR agency and I seriously doubt I will be using one ever in the future.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Find yourself a support group, and a good PA.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? About two hours every day.

What do you do to get book reviews? That’s not as easy as it should be.  I’ve had offers to review but then they just sort of fade away. It’s sad that that happens too often.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Not successful at all.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Yes I do.  I’m approaching the members of my support group. I’ve found they respond better than family.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? One of my best attributes is I take corrective criticism very well.  Good reviews are awesome. Bad reviews, if done in a helpful manner and are honest will make me strive to do better.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Not really.  As I’ve said I’ve only got the one book out.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? I think the advantages we have to utilize the social media is one of the best things a self-published author has.

Which social network worked best for you? Facebook.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? It’s your book – your story – don’t let anyone keep you from telling it.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I promoted on Facebook with the help of my support group and PA’s.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Never really thought about it.  I suppose it would be Donald Rumsfeld – I just think he is a person I would love to have a conversation with.  George Patton – he never gave up.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? To be truthful – there’s no book out there that could claim this spot for me.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Holdfast to your dream. Do your homework, and as much research as possible.


How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Come visit me on my Facebook page Cree Nations Author at www.facebook.com/creenationsauthor. Or email me at authorcreenations@gmail.com.

#ASI: Olivia Dannon

Hi Olivia Dannon, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

About me, well I grew up in a single parent home my parents divorced while I was too young to remember. My mother raised me and my siblings on her own and showed me what it was to be a strong, independent woman.

We weren’t especially wealthy, you could say and so my imagination came in handy for entertaining myself and siblings.

We moved quite a bit as my mom was doing her best to find a better job to better provide for us and furthering her education. As a result, I’ve lived in the majority of states in the west and several different cities within each. I’m so grateful for this because it opened my eyes at such a young age as to how big the world is and how little it means to run into narrow minded people. The world is full of possibilities and stories have even more.

It’s a given that I love to write, but I really do love it! My children are my first love of course, and my husband but writing is right up there with them. Aside from my family and writing I am always on the hunt for a new show on Netflix 😀 I love celebrating holidays, especially my children’s birthdays, as it’s a day I can make all about them.

Okay now it’s confession time. Unfortunately, I am a horrid cook. (My poor family!) And I’m not so great at decorating my house either, LOL but I’m trying to get better at it. I prefer to write in my pajamas and I am not, I repeat not, a morning person.

Phew! Thank goodness that’s out there and off my chest 😉

I love animals. We have two dogs a Boxer and Pomeranian, that both have more energy than I ever thought could fit inside a dog! On top of that they’ve got their roles confused as my Boxer is convinced she’s the lapdog and my Pom has made it her job to protect the house! Tiny dogs seem to think they are ten feet tall and bullet proof. Lol!

I prize loyalty, compassion and courage as the three greatest traits a person can have and I think family and friends are the greatest gifts we get in this life.

That’s probably more than enough about me 😀 Let’s hit the next question!

Discuss your newest book.

My newest release, Burning Ice is the third book in my Heatwave Series! I wrote these books with the intention of them being stand alone but I’ve been told they are more enjoyable to read in order.

Back to Burning Ice, let’s get to the summary:

Chessie has finally escaped the mafia, or has she?

Sexy as hell, FBI Agent Greg Donovan is her best shot at making her court date alive. Chessie’s got a Mafia Boss hunting her down to shut her up for good.

Danger is at every turn and it’s not a good time to have his mind clouded with lust.

Not often on the right side of the law Chessie is surprised to find she’s got it bad for her new partner in operation, Burning Ice.

So that in a nutshell is what Burning Ice is about and has characters from books one and two returning for more face time but it’s defiantly Chessie and Greg’s story that if you don’t mind me saying is HOT, suspenseful and intriguing! Sounds juicy.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I can’t really pinpoint an exact moment where I began writing. I remember my older sister complaining that I’d written stories on the back of her homework, (I couldn’t find any paper :p Sorry sis!) when I was in kindergarten.

It’s like I was born writing. It’s what I’ve always done and will always do, it’s a part of me. I am just thrilled to be sharing with readers now and hearing back from them has made it so rewarding! I’ve made so many new friends, met amazing people and it all just has me writing more 😀

What are your current projects?

I am currently writing the fourth book in my Heatwave Series. It’s called, Where There’s Smoke, and am really excited about this one. If your following the series, you’ll be excited to know that this book is Bella’s story who has been in the first three books as well.

She’s such a feisty lady she’s been so much fun to write and hopefully to read as well.

I often change my mind but tentatively I’m thinking my next project will be a continuation of the Paladin Series. But I can’t make any promises!

What books have most influenced your life most?

I love to read books that inspire me to better than I am, to work harder to be the best that I can be and strengthen me. I read a book by Iris Johansen called, Ugly Duckling in high school that really resonated with me. I don’t want to give out spoilers so I wont get into the details of the book but basically it’s about a woman who goes through horrific circumstances and uses what she’s survived to strengthen herself instead of letting it hold her down or back.

This world is not an easy place. No one gets to sail through without going through something, at least that’s what I’ve come to understand. I read that book when I was trying to overcome some of the ugliness of the world and it inspired me to be stronger. To stand on my defeats, short comings, trials and climb higher. It was like climbing out of the dark to feel the sun on my face and be happy.

I hope I can do the same for someone else. A noble cause.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Writing books is just what I do. Publishing it was the idea of close friends and family. I write for myself as it’s just who I am but never thought to share my books. I’m so glad I listened to them and got my work published. It’s been so rewarding!

So thanks family and friends for your push! I needed it 😀

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

For Burning Ice the main character is Chessie. She’s grown up inside a mafia family and it’s made her a tough as nails woman. She has so much heart and so much to overcome. I love that she is so fiercely protective of the people she loves and I love that she isn’t afraid to get in trouble.

Her character is far from perfect. She’s flawed and doesn’t trust easily. She’s determined to do everything herself and it gets her into several tight spots! She’s a lock picking, DIY’r, with a huge heart and a whole lot of guts!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There are many things readers can walk away with when they read my books. I’m hoping they provide an escape from life when it’s mean, inspire someone to be strong when they want to give up, and to fight for what they really want in life. I hope my books make people smile, laugh, cry (the good kind), chew their nails with suspense, cheer out loud and when they put it down I hope they are happy they read it.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Oh my! That’s going to be a hard role to play. We’ll need someone with talent that’s for sure! Maybe we should take a poll! LOL 😀 I don’t have anyone in mind for that part.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’m a full-time Mom and believe me that’s a fulltime job that seriously should be a paid position, luckily I take hugs and kisses from my little cuties as payment 😀

That said I write in every free moment I have. If I’m not helping with homework, playing with my babies, burning dinner, or trying to make my husband laugh than I am writing. I have a set number of pages I have to have written every day and that means sometimes I don’t get to bed until the sun is on it’s way up.

Being an author is a joy but it’s hard work if you want to be any good at it. I consider it a full-time job for sure!

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest part about writing for me is to edit. I love the thrill of a new story and going back over one that I already know what’s going to happen is hard because I’ve already got so many new ideas for new books and new adventures. That said, it must be done and done well. Agreed, editing is a necessary evil. 😦

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

The hardest thing about writing Burning Ice was finding the right title! LOL! I could not pick a title for that book. My street team, Olivia’s Street Smart Angels had to help me. I love to write but I have to admit, picking titles, although fun for me, isn’t my strength.

Thanks for your help Angels!

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Building character profiles is the easiest part for me. This is where I build their character and learn who they are so that once I put them in any given situation it will be easy to know how they would react. That’s the fun part because I don’t always know what they’ll do until they do it! Sometimes, I find myself pleading with my characters not to do something or to do something but I have to stay true to the characters. It makes writing for me, so much fun!

What book are you reading now?

I am currently reading an ARC by a very talented soon-to-be published author, Alexandra Parker! She’s awesome and has me completely captivated with her book! Keep an eye out from Alexandra Parker, folks! Sounds like I have another author to look into!

What is one random thing about you?

Random huh? Let’s see, oh I know. If I’m told a book or movie is sad I do my best not to watch or read it! I avoid it like the plague! Have I mentioned I love Happily Ever Afters? LOL 😀 Oh but HEA’s can be tearful too!

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?

With my crazy schedule and perhaps from beginning my writing journey on the back of my sister’s homework, I will write on anything if it’s what I’ve got at the time. I do prefer my laptop but I’ve been known to write more than three hundred pages in a notebook when that was what I had to use while on the go.

I don’t use pencil EVER because it’s hard to see when you’re typing out what you’ve hand written. A super, eye-straining pain!

What does your writing process look like?

Inspiration for different stories strike at different times so I carry an idea notebook with me.

Once I have an idea or even just a character that I really love than I do the character profiling. I map out a point system next, like point A I want them to begin here and then end up at point B before finishing and point C.

After that I put my characters into situation A and see how they will take me from point B to C and so on. Sometimes my characters refuse option B or C and we hit a different route.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I don’t like to write in enclosed spaces. Like, rooms with no windows or in room that don’t have good lighting. I’m not especially claustrophobic but it seems to stifle my writing.

How important are names to you in your books?

Names are important to me for certain. If I don’t like the name or if I think it’s going to be a challenge for the reader to pronounce and be distracting, then I pick something else. The name has to fit the character as well.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?

With first book releases it’s important to have someone on your side that knows what you can do to get the word out. Getting a personal assistant is a great idea and there are several that give reasonable prices and give priceless support and know how.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

My favorite is, “Don’t ever look down on anyone unless you’re helping them up.” – Jesse Jackson.

I love it because I think we’re all so different that it’s ignorant and unkind to pass judgement. Our differences are the best things about us. Labels and stereotypes are like trying to make people fit inside a one size fits all box that no one fits into.

It’s true some labels are necessary with disorders, and disabilities but these labels should never be the measure of a person. We are each so much more than any one thing.

What is your favorite book and why?

I can’t pick! I’ve tried and I love so many! I love Where the Red Fern Grows, because it reminded me to work my butt off if I wanted something and to value the ones I love.

I love books by so many different authors I love to read, Melody Anne, Ruth Cardello, Johanna Bourne, Mimi Jean Pamiloff, Karen Marie Moning, Nora Roberts, Iris Johansen, JS Scott, and so many others!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Every author should set up a beta reading team! I LOVE mine! I LOVE YOU MY BETAS!

Every author should have an editor and although it may seem intimidating or expensive it is necessary if you want your work to be taken seriously and professional. There are many great editors out there, some will work with you and do payment plans! *cough*cough*ME!*cough*cough

Don’t write a book trying to please all your readers it’s impossible. Write because you love it and make every piece your very best work so that you can be proud of it when haters don’t like it and when your readers tell you they love it.

Don’t assume your book will be a best-seller just because it’s good. After it’s polished to perfection or as close as you can get it to that point, you’ve got a lot of marketing to do and networking! This will help get the word out and get your works seen.

Network with other authors. Other authors are not your competition. If one author writes something that makes people want to read then it helps us all. Be supportive and help your fellow authors get the word out so they will want to return the favor with your releases. Network with bloggers too!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

My kids are my life!

When I’m not writing I’m doing my very best to be the kind of mom they deserve. My kids are everything to me and such amazing, perfect little angels and I am so blessed to have them! I am pretty crazy about my husband too LOL 😀 Poor guy has to eat my cooking. Luckily he’s a great chef so we’re not starving to death over here!

We like to get in the car and go explore locally and when we have time road trips are always fun. I love taking pictures so my family lives with a paparazzi LOL!

From where do you gain your inspiration?

I am inspired by everything. Little things give me ideas, even seeing a picture in a magazine will get my mind going building a character profile around that picture. I have a very busy mind!

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

When you don’t have an inside track to getting traditionally published it’s a great idea to self publish to establish your writing presence. Publishing houses want to see if you’re willing to work so they can get behind you.

That said, even if you never get traditionally published, self publishing gives you more power to set your prices, expand your genre selection, set your own deadlines, and enjoy a larger percentage of your royalties.

How do you market your books?

Marketing is big rock to climb and there are so many different ways to do it.

I use word of mouth A LOT! What’s better than a friend telling you about a book they love? Street teams, events, giveaways on Facebook and from my website are some of the ways I advertise.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

I don’t see why not 😀

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

I don’t have a designated time set aside, I try to advertise daily especially if I’ve got giveaways going! They are so much fun 😀

What do you do to get book reviews?

To get book reviews I release ARC of my books to bloggers who review books, and I encourage people to review not just my books but any author they really appreciate.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

I’d say moderately successful. I would of course love more reviews! I read them and value the constructive feedback and especially enjoy when readers enjoy my work 😀

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

I don’t.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I think if you enjoyed reading a book then it’s a great idea to review it on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes, or Goodreads. There are so many places to review these days! Every author loves good reviews!

I don’t think it’s great to rate authors so harshly. That’s not to say you should be dishonest or give everyone a five-star rating. If you’re going to give an author a three-star rating or lower, it would be great to give constructive criticism so the author can take the hit to their sales with a lesson as to what they can do to improve.

If you love a book, give it a five-star rating! What are you saving that fifth star for? LOL!

Reviews help authors sell books, it’s their livelihood. I think it’s important to keep that in mind when giving out those stars. By all means be honest, not harsh.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

Social media is really important in my opinion and is too rewarding to be ignored! I love getting to know my readers 😀

Which social network worked best for you?

Facebook has worked best for me but I also use Twitter and Goodreads.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

If you ask someone to read your book for feedback or a critique, pick someone you respect and trust. Whey they come back to you with their feedback DO NOT be offended. You picked this person because you respect and trust them, remember? Writing is a business where you will find out if your book is no good, (remember those ratings?).

It’s better to find out before it’s published, what needs to be ironed out and fixed. No one writes a flawless masterpiece in one sitting, okay? It is better to hear it from your trusted beta reader than someone who doesn’t mind ripping your heart out for everyone to see.

Don’t dismiss the feedback you receive even if it is harsh, not if it has any merit. Writing is a craft that as a writer we must continue to sharpen and refine.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

I did a big Book Release even on Facebook for Heatwave and it went REALLY well. I got to meet tons of people! It was a lot of fun and I will definitely be doing it again in the future.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

I guess if I could bend any famous person’s ear I would pick Melissa McCarthy. She makes me laugh SO HARD! I think she’s quick witted, smart and seems to be a kind person. I bet she would be a lot of fun to talk with.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Here are the many different ways my readers can connect with me and/or find out what’s coming up!

Author Links:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/OliviaonAmazon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olivia.dannon.1

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authoroliviabdannonromancer/

Barnes: http://bit.ly/OliviaBDannonNook

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/OliviaBDannonGoodreads

Website: http://authoroliviadannon.wix.com/hotreading

Twitter: @OliviaBDannon

Alright, everybody go check her out!

#Book Blurb: Touchdown Interruption


A girl starving for freedom from her father, gains it by breaking her arm. Something unexpected occurs while alone, that puts herself in danger as well as her heart. Will Jezebel be able to survive mortal peril of her own making? Amazon only.

#BookReview: Highland Wolf Pact by Selena Kitt 5/5 Stars

Overview: Sibyl’s dad has passed, but her mom has quickly remarried to her uncle (Sibyl’s dad’s brother). Now she is set to marry the Laird of the MacFalon clan. In her short time there she learns of a race of people, descended from Adam’s first wife Lilith, called wulvers. Shapeshifting wolves, and the Laird “hunts” them for sport. Finding his way of hunting despicable, she saves a beautiful wulver that is very pregnant. Subsequently she is captured by their King, and learns she is his mate. MacFalon will not be thwarted and takes one of the wulvers captive. To avoid war and save the lives of those she cares for most, Sibyl rushes back to save her friend and marry the MacFalon. Even though she saved the day, with only one casualty, her mate is mad because she tried to sacrifice herself.

Opinion: Now this is a romance novel! There is danger, romance, sacrifice and still everything turns out alright. It even had coups to overthrow the King of England and raw snapshots of women’s rights…or lack there of. Instead of just two people finding themselves in love, both are worried about the repercussions their union would have. The Wulver King is expected to mate with and conceive a wulver. Sibyl has been promised to the MacFalon Laird as a debt settlement between England and Scotland. The two try to stay apart for the better of the clan, but love wills out and steps are made by both to still avoid destroying the lives of others. Most romance novels say be damned to the consequences and jump in, this was actually settled by a couple thinking about others instead of just what they want.

Recommend: YES

#Book Review: The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong 4/5 Stars

Overview: Chloe Saunders is a normal fifteen year old girl. She goes to a special art school and lives in an apartment with a housekeeper while her father is away on business. Then one day she starts seeing things, unexplainable things no one else could see. A boy jumps into traffic, and at school she is hunted by a janitor whose face had been melted. Yep Chloe can see ghosts, and her aunt, school and father ship her off to a youth mental facility to be treated for schizophrenia. While there, she meets more kids similar to her and finds out she is special. Becoming threatened with an ominous transfer, she and friends decide to make a break for it, and are betrayed by Chloe’s aunt. With no help in sight and separated from her friends she calls upon a ghost friend to get out.

Opinion: The Summoning is great and engaging. Chloe already feels isolated as her mother has passed and her father is away all the time, plus she is a teenage girl who has yet to enter…womanhood, but now she has to worry about a mental disorder tainting her reputation. Then the ultimate betrayal that no one sees coming? (Well a little predictable but still out there.) It will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It is also a very quick read because you don’t want to put it down.

Recommend: Yes

#BookReview: Endgame by C.J. Daugherty (last in Night School Series) 4/5 Stars

Overview: Carter West, Allie’s true love, has been kidnapped and her grandmother shot by the evil Nathanial. With no clue as to where Carter has been taken, Allie regroups at the school with her friends and teaching staff. During this time, the search is on for him and funeral preparations for Lucinda have begun. Under her demand, Allie has regular school resume to keep the students and herself from going nuts. She is also trying to steer clear of Sylvain, her jilted boyfriend. Carter’s situation and loss of her grandmother have left her feeling numb, until the funeral where she breaks down and bonds closer to Isabelle, basically her stepaunt and the headmistress of the school. While on patrol, Allie’s brother shows up to help find Carter and get back in her good graces. Dom, American technology whiz, finds Carter’s location at an old farmhouse and they create a plan for rescue, involving turning of Nathaniel’s own guards. By a close call, everyone makes it home safely and move on to the next task, saving the school from Nathanial. Coming up with a wild idea, Allie and Isabel present their deal and force him into it. Bringing the fight, and series to a close.

Opinion: Though she didn’t quite end up with whom I thought she should, it was a good ending. It seems to wrapup everything, but the ties are a bit loose. There could be more to the storey as Nathanial has promised to make Allie’s life hell, but oh well. All good series’ must come to an end and this is the best ending we could hope for.

Recommend: Yes!

#BookReview: Pines by Blake Crouch (book 2 Wayward Pines) 3/5 Stars

Overview: after discovering the horrible truth about the town and the outside world, Ethan Burke joins the dark side and becomes sheriff. Tasked with keeping everyone safe and being a good soldier, he is still uneasy about the whole mess. He becomes angry after a citizen commits suicide in front of him, and crashes his barely used jeep. The cause of the wreck was partly because of his mood, and partly because of the woman stabbed and exsanguinated  laying in the middle of the road. The search is on for her murder and the rabbit hole goes deeper than ever as Ethan finds the original suspects are red herrings to the murder. Resolving to resolve all matters in one night, he sets up an elaborate party and begins to dismantle everything about the town. The man in charge gives in and signs everyone’s death certificate using a single door.

Opinion: I didn’t realize it until now, but this series has a very big “1984” by George Orwell, feeling to it. The cameras, public manipulations and evil government in a dystopyian like world. Unlike the first one, this book was a little more predictable but still exciting to find the motives behind the madness. Even then there was nothing too shocking except for finding out the identification of the murder victim. It is still fast paced and a great follow up to the first book, I think the series is just starting to lose it’s edge. The third holds big promises as the town is falling apart and Ethan might get the surprise of his life.

#Musical Monday Review #14: Oklahoma!

Overview: Life in Oklahoma territory is simple, and the biggest enjoyment are parties called box socials. Everyone in town is going and Curly has come to ask his reluctant sweetheart to go with him. She refuses, and ends up going with Jud her hired hand. As everything is spread out, everyone stops at Laurey and Aunt Eller’s place for a little rest and clean up before going on to the box social. The girls go inside to change into their dancing dresses and gossip, while the boys feed and water their horses. Jealously appears as another woman starts hanging on to Curly, but Laurey puts on a brave face, saying it’s no big deal. At the dance there is an auction to raise money to build a school house, the items for sale are basket dinners the girls put together. Jud and Curly get into a war over Laurey’s basket causing Curly to sell everything he has in order to win. Curly succeeded, but Jud was still bound and determined to take Laurey no matter what. After confronting Laurey, Jud is fired and vows revenge. She runs to Curly, who proposes marriage. After the wedding, Jud sets fire to some hay bales and tries to start a knife fight but ends up dying. They ride off in the morning sun on a train for their honeymoon.

Opinion: These two are the most stubborn people ever! Laurey seems to push him away because she enjoys it, but deep down loves him. She also acts a little childish and selfish. Curly’s only mean to her, because that’s how she treats him and has him all confused. Aunt Eller is awesome! She is a tough cookie and don’t cross her at a party.

Ado Annie. Aside from being a bit ditzy, anybody notice she’s a bit of a hussie. It is implied that she sleeps around because she can’t say no to men. She is a bit of an unconventional character, because usually you don’t see a character like that in shows from back in the day. It wasn’t that she was a complete slut, but she certainly wasn’t the prim and proper girl you would expect.

Kind of creepy that Curly tries to lure Jud into committing suicide. Jud may have been a little crazy but serenading him into thinking it would be better for him to die is a bit drastic.

One scene I have yet to understand, is the Saloon dream sequence. She seems to age a bit and is happy with Curly but then he disappears and she is stuck with Jud. We know Jud is a scoundrel but it almost implies if she doesn’t choose Jud she will become a saloon girl. Then it seems if she chooses him, he’ll cheat on her. When Curly reappears, if Laurey doesn’t pick Jud, he’ll kill Curly and take her by force. I’m just not sure what exactly is going on there.

Favorite song would have to be “Kansas City.” The choreography is light and playful, the lyrics talk about how far they have come and find it amazing. Makes us think about everything we have now compared to then. Plus I’m a little bias, Will had just come from my home state.