Passionate about Books!

I love to read and I read a lot! My favorite genres are Christian fiction, historical fiction, especially anything set in Ancient Rome or Egypt, horror and thrillers.

I am SOOOO ready for this!!!

For all you Trekkers out there! I didn't even know there was a new series coming out, but it looks good! It's got the actress from The Walking Dead. This takes place 10 years before Captain Kirk and the Enterprise. Coming out on CBS this Fall.

The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee

The Secret Life of Souls - Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee

Wow....just....wow! Yep, that's all I'm going to say.
Just read it, you'll understand. I don't want to give anything away.

 

Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King

— feeling amazing
Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome - Crystal King

Synopsis:

Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.

On a blistering day in the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of twenty thousand denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine meals from exotic places, and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary advisor to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome's leading epicure.

Apicius rightfully believes that Thrasius is the key to his culinary success, and with Thrasius’s help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties and fantastic meals. Thrasius finds a family in Apicius’s household, his daughter Apicata, his wife Aelia, and her handmaiden, Passia whom Thrasius quickly falls in love with. But as Apicius draws closer to his ultimate goal, his reckless disregard for any who might get in his way takes a dangerous turn that threatens his young family and places his entire household at the mercy of the most powerful forces in Rome.

 

Wow! This book was quite impressive for a debut author! At first I thought most of the book would center mostly on the cooking and foods from the era, and as I don't like to cook, I thought it would get boring. Boy, was I wrong.

 

This book mainly centers on the life of Marcus Gavius Apicius whose recipes were written down, but according to the author's notes, no cookbook survived, but some of his recipes did survive in the writings of other historical figures. Apicius was a very wealthy Roman citizen whose passion for cooking and good food sees him spend a great deal of money to buy a slave named Thrasius to be his cook. His dream is to be the gastronomic advisor to Caesar himself.

 

He throws huge, very extravagant parties hoping to get noticed. But the thing he doesn't realize is that to draw ever closer to Caesar's circle is to also potentially put yourself and family at greater risk. Set at the time of Caesar Augustus and going to the reign of Tiberius and his evil praetorian prefect, Sejanus, Apicius does not seem to realize the dangers that he risks in his quest for greatness.

 

I loved this book and all of the characters, even the vile ones, because it made this period in history really come alive for me. It has all the court intrigues, manipulations and dangers, but also the very human stories of a man who just wanted to be famous and the consequences in the life of his family and slaves. It also did have recipes from that time, and I could do with not eating a lot of it. Flamingo tongues?, cow udders?...no thanks.

 

Kudos to Crystal King for an amazing read and for a debut book! I read this one in less than a day. Keeping her on my list for future reads.

 

5 stars and a favorite.

Highly recommended!

 

 

Palatine: The Four Emperors Series- Book 1 by L.J. Trafford

Palatine: The Four Emperors Series, Book I (The Karnac Library) - L. J. Trafford

I enjoyed this book so much mainly because you get to witness the era of Nero, his downfall and the beginning of the year of four emperors through the eyes of several characters including a stuffy praetorian prefect, several lowly slaves who dwell in the background, but see plenty, Nero, Sporus, the guards, and several nobles. Looking forward to see what happens with Philo, one of my favorite characters in the book. Very entertaining, so much so, I flew through this book and can't wait to read the second one.
Recommended!

 

Tyrant: Rise of the Beast by Brian Godawa

Tyrant: Rise of the Beast (Chronicles of the Apocalypse Book 1) - Brian Godawa

Although I do not hold to the preterist view of Revelation that the author does, this book was very compelling and quickly drew me in. My only critique is that is was too short, (it ends at 50% and the rest is an appendix), but the appendix did hold a wealth of information that was just as fascinating!
A great start to a new trilogy which follows after the Chronicles of the Nephilim series.
Highly recommended!

READ AN EBOOK WEEK SALE!!!

Thought I would let you all know about this email I got today!

 

1. READ AN EBOOK WEEK SALE KICKS OF SUNDAY MARCH 5 - ENROLL NOW
The ninth annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion kicks off this Sunday March 5 and runs through end of day March 11.
Each year, tens of thousands of Smashwords authors, publishers and readers participate in this global ebook celebration which offers FREE and deep-discounted ebooks.
Authors and Publishers: Enroll now open at https://www.smashwords.com/dashboard/sitewidePromos With a few clicks, you can enroll your books into coupon categories of 25% off, 50% off, 75% off or FREE.
Readers: When the promotion goes live on Sunday, you'll find the promotional catalog on the Smashwords home page (or just go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1), and be sure to check back often because thousands of new books will join the promotion during the week.
The special home page catalog enables readers to browse by coupon discount and filter by category, bestseller status, word count and multiple other factors. We also note the title's coupon on individual book pages to encourage browsers to become customers.
The sale is being promoted to over one million Smashwords customers. Don't miss out!
Please help spread the word to your fellow readers, authors and publishers. Encourage your favorite authors to add books to the promotion.
Here's a quick checklist to help you get the most out of the Read an Ebook Week event:
Authors and publishers: Enroll your books at https://www.smashwords.com/dashboard/sitewidePromos
Visit the Smashwords Read an Ebook Week event page at https://www.smashwords.com/ebookweek where you'll find downloadable images you can share on social media to promote your participation in the event.
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Every day during the week long sale, celebrate on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, blog, private mailing lists) that you're participating in the event. Be sure to include a hyperlink to the promotional catalog at https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1 as well as a direct hyperlink to your book or author page.


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As many bestselling Smashwords authors can attest, BookBub is considered the gold standard among book advertising sites. Their ads are expensive and difficult to secure, but they can move sales.
Every week, the merchandising team Smashwords is communicating with the merchandising team at our retailers. Our retailers want to know when you have a BookBub ad planned.
To facilitate their notification, we've created a handy online form at http://bit.ly/SWmerch where you can tell us about your upcoming BookBub advertisement.
The more weeks of advance notice you give us, the more weeks we can include your title in our weekly "Smashwords Hotlist" of promotion-worthy titles.
Every month, dozens of Smashwords authors gain extra merchandising love at the retailers thanks to their inclusion in our weekly Smashwords Hotlist, which also includes a summary our top-performing preorders and bestsellers.
The retailers use our recommendations to identify titles that deserve extra merchandising love in their stores. Inclusion in our list is completely merit-based according your book's performance and your historical track record at Smashwords. All you need to do to maximize your odds of inclusion in the list is to publish and distribute with Smashwords, release all your books as preorders, and if you've been selected for a BookBub ad let us know about it in advance via this form.
Please bookmark the page at http://bit.ly/SWmerch and tell a friend!

— feeling sad

"Game over, man. Game over."

Rest in Peace, Bill Paxton.

I loved so many of the movies this actor was in: Titanic, Aliens, The Terminator, Frailty, Apollo 13...I could go on. I thought he was a wonderful actor.

He will be missed.

Cyclops Road by Jeff Strand

Cyclops Road - Jeff Strand

Evan Portin has just lost his wife and is having a very bad day at work. But he comes upon a woman being mugged and finds that she doesn't need his help.

Harriet is a strange one for sure. She's never been in a car or seen a cellphone. Safe to say she's been pretty isolated. Oh, and she's on her way to kill a cyclops.

I know, right? Someone has a few screws loose. Maybe...?

Follow Evan as he takes the ride of his life.

 

 

I found this book entertaining as all get out, and unique, and very funny! I loved it! It was very different from the usual Strand novels. Can't say much more so I don't give anything away. I definitely recommend it though. It's not actually horror. I would put it more in the fantasy, sci-fi category.

 

4 stars

 

 

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

The Devil Crept In - Ania Ahlborn

An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen...the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.

 

At first, I had a hard time getting into this one. It was very slow going at the beginning, and I almost stopped reading it. But, it started picking up for me when learning the story about Otto, then it got really interesting and I ended up really enjoying it. I'm not going to go into the synopsis as other reviewers have done so already, but I do recommend it.

 

I know it isn't much of a review, but I haven't been feeling like writing reviews lately, so I apologize. 

The Last Valkyrie by Jeremy Robinson

The Last Valkyrie - Jeremy Robinson, Tori Paquette

Excited to be going back to the world of Antarktos! Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading Antarktos Rising and, one of my all time favorites, The Last Hunter.


This is the story of Solomon's daughters, Aquila and Norah, as they learn to fight and survive the underground realm of Antarktos when Aquila is taken by the Nephilim, who want to turn her into a hunter. Norah must overcome her fear of inadequacy in order to save her sister and on the way, learn about her amazing power.

 

Highly recommend (the whole series)!

Reading Habits Tag

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?
 
I have 3 usual spots. It's either the recliner in the living room, my bed, or my computer chair in my room.
 
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? 
 
Anything will do. I usually keep post its around the house, so that's what it usually is.
 
3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?
 
I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter, but sometimes when I am too tired, I just stop wherever.
 
4. Do you eat or drink while read?
 
I do both, but usually I have a drink, either Pepsi with lots of ice, or one of those bottled Starbucks frappucinos. Although...lately I have been drinking water with a touch of apple cider vinegar because of the health benefits to it. It has made my skin better, my joints don't hurt as bad and it has helped me lose weight. 12 pounds and counting...
 
5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
 
I usually have the TV on, but can easily tune it out when I am into a book. Just ask my husband...apparently I tune him out also.
 
6. One book at a time or several at once?
 
It varies, but I usually have 3 going. I try to make them in different genres. Most of the time it's a horror, a historical fiction, and a Christian fiction or some type of thriller.
 
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
 
Mostly at home, but I always have my kindle with me when I go somewhere, just in case.
 
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
 
Always silently.
 
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?  


Yep, usually if a book is boring, but I still want to see how it ended.
 
10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?
 
As like new as possible.
 
11. Do you write in your books?
 Nooooooooooo! Big no-no for me. Even my reference books aren't marked. I take notes in a notebook. The only book I ever write it, is the Bible.

Damaged by Troy McCombs

Damaged - Troy McCombs

This is a cautionary tale about bullying. Adam is a 16 year old kid who is constantly bullied and tortured at school to where eventually, two distinct events in his life sends him over the edge and causes him to commit monstrous acts.

 

Despite his horrible acts, you kind of tend to feel sorry for the guy. I thought the author portrayed his feelings of loneliness and despair quite well, and what would lead someone to finally break. It's a shameful thing that this happens quite often at schools around the country.

 

The book needs editing, but the story kept me engaged the entire time, so it really didn't bother me enough. The book contains foul language, violence and some acts of torture, for those of you who don't care for that in a book. Otherwise, this is a story that you would find at least once in almost every school, except most wouldn't go to the extreme that Adam went through in the book for revenge.

 

3 stars

2017 Book Industry Predictions: Intrigue and Angst amid Boundless Opportunity

A very interesting article with a lot being said about Amazon's KDP program.

A Haunt for Jackels (Seven Cows, Ugly and Gaunt- Book 3)

A Haunt for Jackals: A Post-Apocalyptic, EMP-Survival Thriller (Seven Cows, Ugly and Gaunt Book 3)  - Mark goodwin

First book completed in the New Year! This is the 3rd book in this series and most of it is about a hit on a compound that is becoming a threat to out group of survivors. While I have enjoyed this series, this 3rd book seemed a bit long winded. Too much talk of military things, maneuvers, weapons and such, that it made it drag for me.

 

As with his other books, the author also throws in some helpful survival tips. This book is Christian fiction, so there is no foul language, sex or stuff like that, and it does point out the gospel message and the importance of relying on the Lord.

 

4 stars 

I will definitely be continuing the series.

Recommended for Christian fiction fans and the survival/ prepper types.

 

(It took forward to add this book and get this review loaded. Holding off on future reviews here until they finally get this site fixed!!!

TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016

Behold, Darkness and Sorrow: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP-Survival Thriller (Seven Cows, Ugly and Gaunt Book 1) - Mark Goodwin The Days of Elijah, Book One: Apocalypse: A Novel of the Great Tribulation in America - Mark Goodwin A Song of War - Kate Quinn Federal Underground (Penn Mitchell's Ancient Alien Saga) - Jeff Bennington A.L.I.V.E. (The A.L.I.V.E.Series Book 1) - R.D. Brady VALLEY OF THE KINGS: The 18th Dynasty - Terrance Coffey The Traveler: An Event Group Thriller (Event Group Thrillers) - David Golemon Land of Silence - Tessa Afshar Children of the Dark - Jonathan Janz God Against the Gods: Storytelling, Imagination and Apologetics in the Bible - Brian Godawa

While 2016 may have been a crappy year, (my father passed away), it was a great year for books and I read some really good ones. The above were some of the best, but certainly not the whole list. I really couldn't whittle it down to 10 because there were to many good ones, so the list will also have to include the following:

 

 

  

 

and...

The Whore of Babylon by Azaria Frost

Kings of the Promised Land by Justin Gabriel