Oct 152014
 
Review: Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price

Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price Genre: M/M Science Fiction Publication Date: July 3rd, 2014 Publisher: JCP Books, LLC   Synopsis from Goodreads: Desmond Poole is damaged in more ways than one. If he was an underachiever before, he’s entirely useless now that he’s lost his right hand. He spends his time drowning his sorrows in vodka while he deliberately blows off the training that would help him master his new prosthetic. Social Services seems determined to try and stop him from wallowing in his own filth, so he’s forced to attend an amputee support group. He expects nothing more than stale cookies, tepid decaf [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 15, 2014 at 8:00 am
Aug 112014
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 1

  Outlander on Starz: Episode 1     Regina: I admit to not being much of a TV watcher.  Books are my vice, when I have time away from my kids and work to do anything else.  I do watch a few shows, but mainly when I am working out.  So while I knew Outlander was being produced on Starz, I wasn’t focused on it or waiting for it.  Okay, well I have now watched the first episode twice — twice! It was amazing, perfect and well done.  The scenery is beautiful and lush; and the characters are just as Diana [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 8:00 am
Apr 102014
 
Tropes from Hell: When Character Names Distract

Welcome to our feature where we discuss common and overused themes (a.k.a tropes) that are making the rounds in the book world these days. Today, we discuss character names that distract the reader from the story. Have you ever refused to read a book just because of a name? I know I have. It may sound petty but sadly, we readers also judge a book by the names of their characters (recently, AH read a book description where the main character’s name made her think of a cow…do you think she’ll be picking that one up?) We know that names [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 10, 2014 at 6:51 am
Apr 262013
 
Tropes from Hell: Love Me or I Die

Welcome to our feature where we discuss common and overused themes (a.k.a tropes) that are making the rounds in the book world these days. Today, we discuss the “Love Me or I Die” trope, very popular in Paranormal Romance (PNR). Books with this trope: Primal Law by J.D. Tyler, Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher, several books in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole and lots of others. Fated mates are a common PNR trope. This plot usually involves a man and a woman that are ‘made for each other’ and nobody else will do. Some mythical tie exists [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 26, 2013 at 8:37 am
Feb 222013
 
Tropes From Hell: The Kinky Billionaire Businessman

Welcome to our new feature where we discuss common and overused themes (a.k.a tropes) that are making the rounds in the book world these days. For our very first post, we start with the extremely hot “Kinky Billionaire Businessman” trope that has been on fire recently. Here you’ll find the answer to several questions…Why are there so many billionaire CEOs in Romanceland? Just how many billionaires are out there, anyway? What do they really look like? Why are they so kinky in bed? Books with this trope: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (of course), Bared to You by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 22, 2013 at 7:08 am
Sep 232011
 
The Weekly Bitch {3} Love Squared ~ Dreaded Plot Devices

[box type=”warning”] The Weekly Bitch is a place where Lethal, AH and myself can unload our book reading gripes. Maybe you’ll find you agree with some, and others you won’t. Maybe you keep coming back every week just to see what we have to say, or maybe you won’t. One thing is for sure, we won’t censure, but we won’t be mean. Be prepared for swearing, ranting, bitching and moaning. Badass Style. [/box] This week we are bitching about love issues. Love Triangles, Love Squares, Cheating and any other love type issues that creep up in novels. AH: I never [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 23, 2011 at 9:54 am
Sep 222011
 
Discussion: Indie/Self-Pub Authors ~ Help Me--Help You

When sending a book to me a reviewer please keep in mind the following: Please do not just email me your book with no information other than “Hey I’m author X here is my book for review”, and attach a copy. I am lazy, and will just hit delete. I don’t want to search for information about what book you are trying to get me to review. Delete, Delete, Delete. I like it laid out in front of me.   :rubs hands:   Please do NOT insult book review bloggers and then ask me for a review in the same [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm
Sep 162011
 
The Weekly Bitch {2} ~ Topic ~ Immortal High Schoolers

  [box type=”warning”] The Weekly Bitch is a place where Lethal, AH and myself can unload our book reading gripes. Maybe you’ll find you agree with some, and others you won’t. Maybe you keep coming back every week just to see what we have to say, or maybe you won’t. One thing is for sure, we won’t censure, but we won’t be mean. Be prepared for swearing, ranting, bitching and moaning. Badass Style.[/box]     We’ve noticed a trend in many young adult books where the hunky immortal character goes back to high school. It’s been a long time since [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 5:00 am
Sep 092011
 
The Weekly Bitch {1} Random Bitching

  [box type=”warning”] The Weekly Bitch is a place where Lethal, AH and myself can unload our book reading gripes. Maybe you’ll find you agree with some, and others you won’t. Maybe you keep coming back every week just to see what we have to say, or maybe you won’t. One thing is for sure, we won’t censure, but we won’t be mean. Be prepared for swearing, ranting, bitching and moaning. Badass Style. [/box]     Lethal’s 5 Bitches: Protagonists with an extreme amount of self pity. I started Ripple by Mandy Hubbard thinking “Ooh! A Siren (kind of like [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2011 at 6:00 am
Aug 092011
 
Discussion: Badass Heroines ~ Real Badass or Brawling Bitch?

Sorry WoW peeps, I put the wrong link in: WoW is here The Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Futuristic, Sci-Fi = Totally awesome Badass Females   What makes a heroine a genuine–bonafide– Badass vs just a Bitch or a teenybopper badass? Erika: She has to have attitude, like AH says, and she has to have a style. My fictional Badass Heroine has to have snark, be humorous, and be a hardass. She has to kick ass first, apologize later. She has to not let a man dictate her decisions, and she has to be her own person and follow her own code [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 042011
 
Part Two: Sex ~ Words and Phrases that are NOT Sexy

Awesome Song to go along with the post: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Part two of my Sex discussion involves words that are so un-sexy that it throws you out of the scene, and out of the mood. There are also phrases that are just so odd and funny that you can’t imagine what the author might have been thinking about. Certainly not sex.  Like referring to a man’s balls as “Perfect spheres of pleasure”  or referring to his penis as an “appendage”.  Really? An Appendage? That makes me all hot and bothered. I much prefer to refer to a man’s junk as his [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 022011
 
Part One: Let's talk about Sex... {baby}

Sorry, I had to post the video. We can’t be talking about sex without a little Salt N’ Pepa. You know you want to get up and dance. I wanted to bring up a topic that some readers enjoy, and other readers can’t stand. The taboo subject of Sex. This is spurred because I just finished the latest in Lorelei James’ Rough Riders series– Chasin’ Eights featuring hot cowboy and bull ridin’– Chase McKay. In the past Ten or Fifteen years, sex has become more prevalent in fiction. It used to be that you could only read about sex in [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 292011
 
Up For Discussion: Dear Janet Evanovich ~ Smokin' Seventeen ~ A plum terrible novel.

You don’t know me.  I’m a fan of your work, have been for years.  I have gotten many friends and family hooked on Stephanie, Joe, Ranger and Lula.  I had every one of your books.  I love your work with Charlotte Hughes and the Full Series.  I have laughed and teared up, I have giggled and gasped for years, but it’s time I stand up and shout. Your last three Stephanie Plum Novels have left me feeling cheated.  With each new installment I hope for more.  But I get the same old antics.  I read a recent interview with you, [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 222011
 
Up For Discussion: Are we killing Imagination?

  What makes a person have a vivid — writable — imagination?  It seems to me that most authors are generally over thirty years old (Please, don’t send me emails with copies of your birth certificates, or call Donald Trump! If you are published and younger awesome for you! But this is a generalization for the intent of this discussion)  Back when we were kids, we were sent outside to play, not told to “Go watch T.V and leave me alone”  Or  “here is the latest and greatest gadget, go play with it”.  Now don’t get me wrong, technology is [ Read More of this Review ]

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