Review of Under Parr by Andrea Bramhall

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Mystery novels have always been a favorite of mine and I have never seen a lesfic mystery novel before. So, when I saw Under Parr by Andrea Bramhall listed on NetGalley it seemed like a perfect mixture of lesbian fiction and mystery. I couldn’t wait to get started.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

 

December 5th, 2013 left its mark on the North Norfolk Coast in more ways than one. A tidal surge and storm swept millennia-old cliff faces into the sea and flooded homes and businesses up and down the coast. It also buried a secret in the WWII bunker hiding under the golf course at Brancaster. A secret kept for years, until it falls squarely into the lap of Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and her fellow officers.

 

A skeleton, deep inside the bunker.

 

How did it get there? Who was he…or she? How did the stranger die—in a tragic accident or something more sinister?

 

Well, that’s Kate’s job to find out.

 

When I started reading this book I didn’t realize it was part of a series. It is a little hard to pick up on if you didn’t read the first book. But my terrible start aside I really enjoyed this book. I was sucked in during the prolog and knew that even though I didn’t read the first book I needed to know what happened to the man in the bunker.

 

The mystery aspect of the novel was great with two different mysteries happening at the same time. I also enjoyed the romance Between Detective Kate and Gina. I thought they relationship was sweet and understanding. Especially given everything that Gina has been through. I’m very curious to the cliff hanger at the end involving Gina. I’m really hoping there is going to be a third novel.

I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. It was the perfect mix of mystery and romance.

 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

If you would like to read this book if can be found at Amazon.

Review of Wish on the Water by Eve Francis

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When I first saw Wish on the Water by Eve Francis I thought it sounded interesting. There are not many books that focus on genderqueer relationships and it was nice to see this type of diversity in a romance novel.

Here is a short blurb about the book:

When Whitney finds a pair of bright pink rain boots for her daughter Cayleigh, she thinks nothing of it–until the rain boots turn Cayleigh into a greedy monster who wants everything at once. Tired and frustrated one morning, Whitney runs into Chantal at a nail salon. When Chantal magically calms down Cayleigh, Whitney starts to crush hard in spite of her busy schedule and Chantal’s eight month pregnancy.

 Chantal Mackenzie considers her pregnancy to be the stuff of legends. Not only does the baby not have a father, but Chantal doesn’t consider herself a mother. After years of gender confusion, Chantal finally believes she’s found the right label of genderqueer for her body and her feelings about it. Upcoming parenthood and her growing attraction to Whitney are both exciting–but also complicating as Chantal struggles to find the perfect term for her as a parent and ways of living in an aggressively gendered world.

 A pair of neon flip-flops that seem to make Chantal ravenous, along with her increasingly vivid dreams about being a sorcerer, also make the last few weeks of her pregnancy memorable. As the due date draws closer, Chantal and Whitney’s relationship heats up, and the two start to feel as cursed as they do cosmic.

 I wanted to like this book more than I did. I just couldn’t get into the relationship between Whitney and Chantel. They had no depth to their relationship. Everything went perfectly for them and moved so quickly. While I am not a huge fan of angst in romance novels there does need to be some turmoil which brings the couple closer together, which I feel this book was lacking.

Even though I didn’t like the relationship aspect of the novel I did enjoy Chantel’s pregnancy. I thought it was interesting to see their view of pregnancy. I like how Chantel experienced pregnancy on their own terms and stood up for what they wanted. I have never seen this type of take on pregnancy before and it drew me into the novel.

While I wasn’t wooed by the relationship aspect of the book. I would still recommend it to anyone who is interested looking for a lighthearted read.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

If you would like to read this book if can be found at Amazon.

Review of We(l)come Back Vol. 1 by Christopher Sebela

I am ashamed to admit it but I have never really read a graphic novel before. So, when I saw We(l)come Back Vol. 1 by Christopher Sebela I was intrigued.

 

Here is a short blurb from Amazon:

Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight.  But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt…

 

Critically-acclaimed series, Welcome Back is a break-neck thriller of reincarnated assassins forever fighting, killing, and loving each other, by Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters, High Crimes) and artists Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Critical Hit) and Claire Roe. Collects issues #1-4.

 

I could not put this book down once I started. I loved the artwork and the coloring. It was beautiful. The story was very intriguing and it kept me turning pages. I love the premise of their forbidden love during a never-ending war. I also a sucker for big dopey dogs and this book has a cute lab as one of the characters.

 

The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the shift from one drawing style to another. It took me a little while to realize it was the same girl that was talking just drawn differently.

 

I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes graphic novels. There are not that many graphic novels with lesbian characters so that make this book unique. If you’re looking for a classic romance this is not the book for you. But, there is a love story intertwined into the bloody war.

 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

If you would like to read this book if can be found at Amazon.

Review of In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis

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Normally I am not a huge fan of sci-fi type books. But I was presently shocked by In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis.

 

Here is a little blurb if you are interested:

Mal is a spy, a misanthrope, and a coward; growing up in the brutal Reaches has taught her that honor is a quality best left to the dead. Her latest mission: to hijack a cryo-ship carrying the brilliant daughter of the Sovereign King, and deliver her straight into enemy hands.

 

But when a vital component of the ship’s cryostasis system malfunctions, the only person who can keep the unconscious passengers alive is the woman Mal was sent to kidnap. Alone together on a ship of silent sleepers, Mal must remember that she and Aurora are enemies—or risk them becoming something much more dangerous.

 

I went into this book think that it wasn’t really for me but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I like how it blended traditional fairy tale with modern sci-fi. It was a quick read of about 52 pages. But the author was able to make the characters come to life for me. I particularly liked the character Mal. She was just the right amount of snarky and flawed for my tastes.

 

My only problem with the book is a wish it was longer. I picked it up thinking it was a full-length novel. I feel like more could have been added to develop the characters and their relationship. But the ending leaves it open to a possible sequel. Fingers crossed.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a short light-hearted jaunt through space.

 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

If you would like to read this book if can be found at Amazon.

Review of Where the Light Glows by Dena Blake

When I first saw Where the Light Glows by Dena Blake on NetGalley I thought it sounded interesting and that I could stand to read a light-hearted romance after the heavier books I have been reading recently.

 

Here’s a short blurb if you want to read it:

 

Izzy Calabrese wants to make her restaurant a success. She has a passion for cooking and life in general. Romance is the furthest thing from her mind when she finds Mel Thomas crying after being abandoned by her husband…again. She tries to distance herself from Mel, but she keeps showing up.

 

Clients know Mel Thomas as the CEO of her own consulting firm. She’s smart, engaging, and successful. Anyone who knows her would never think she’s insecure, but she’s more fragile than anyone knows. Her marriage on shaky ground, she doesn’t know how, or if, it can be salvaged. All she’s ever wanted in a relationship is someone’s attention. She thinks she may have found the person who can give that to her. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect it to be Izzy.

 

I had really wanted to like this book but unfortunately, that didn’t happen for me. But despite that, I really enjoyed the first half of the novel. Dena Blake is an incredibly beautiful writer. Her novel flows beautifully, especially since this is her first book. I also like she describes Izzy’s view of nature it is beautifully poetic. I also enjoyed the sexual tension she built up between Izzy and Mel it was realistic and incredibly sexy. There were defiantly some sploosh moments.

 

The bad happened when the drama hit. I thought the Izzy and Mel were a realistic couple until they failed to communicate about their problems. It seemed like they caused drama that didn’t really need to happen and that’s where it lost me as a reader.

 

If you’re willing to look past the drama this book could be for you. There is plenty of ultra-sexy smexy time and the characters are relatable. It was just not the right book for me.

 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this one.

 

If you would like to read this book if can be found at Amazon.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Today I will be participating in the bi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. This year the read-a-thon is in honor the life of Heather Croxon a fellow blogger.  I have participated in this event for the last two years both in the spring and fall.

 

The goal of the event is to read as much as you can in a 24-hour period.

 

For this event, I’m not keeping a page count or anything like that. I’m just planning on cleaning up my to read list a little bit.

 

I’ll be on Twitter tweeting about my progress throughout the read-a-thon.

 

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon: http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

Heathers Blog: https://bitsnbooks.wordpress.com/

 

Are you participating? Let me know how it is going for you?

Interview with JamieLynn Boothe author of Nightmares and Dreams

I just finished reading Nightmares and Dreams by JamieLynn Boothe , and I have had the opportunity to interview the author about it!

Who or what inspired you to start writing?

I started writing poetry many years ago, as a early teenager and fell in love with writing. I have always been a lover of reading and as long as I can remember I wanted to be an author. It came natural to me, but have to say that my sensitive heart and compassion is what truly inspired me.

 

What made you want to write Nightmares and Dreams?

In 2012, when I originally wrote it, there was a lot of news concerning the LGBT community. Mostly, degrading Transgender people and Gay Marriage. There was violence against them and it sickened me. I wanted to write a story about someone who was not only part of the LGBT community, but strong and could overcome a horrendous event in her life.

 

Who is your favorite character from your story and why?

That’s a tough one. Obviously, I love Christy since she is the main character and with everything she went through and survived, but I also love Tracy. Another strong woman who had to rise up in the middle of a real nightmare. I am very proud of these two ladies.

 

Where is your favorite place to write?

At the moment, I don’t have a favorite place. When I lived in Colorado there was an incredible bookstore/coffee shop that I loved. I would love to find something similar. Or, at least a comfortable coffee shop.

 

What is your writing process?

This is going to seem unordinary, but I don’t actually have a particular process. I have tried outlines, but struggle with them for some reason. So, I simply write. When I have an idea I start from there and allow the characters to take over. I allow my muse to work. So far, I feel I have been very blessed with my work. I am most comfortable working this way.

 

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I have learned a lot since that time and met a lot of great authors who have taught and helped me along the way. My style and writing itself has greatly improved since then.

 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

So far, hiring a Personal Assistant. I hope to have a publicist at some point as well.

 

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

That they love my work, naturally. Also, that Nightmares and Dreams should be made into a movie. The best thing I have heard though is how one of my novels has touched their lives in a positive way and how it helped them.

 

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

The Angels Walking Series by Karen Kingsbury

 

The most important question how do you take your coffee?

If it’s hot, I like it light and sweet, but if it’s iced coffee I like a caramel swirl, light and sweet 😊