WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday 4/1/20

My favorite time of the week is here! WWW Wednesdays. This meme was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm but was revived by Sam from Taking on a World of WordsIt’s a place to talk about the books you’ve been reading, plan to read and have read.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished reading?
What are you going to read next?

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Book Reviews

Brayden’s Return by Michelle Dare Book Review

Brayden has always felt like an outcast among his friends. He is the only human in the midst of paranormals. While he adores each of them and is close with many of them, he still feels awkward and out of place when he’s with him. Things change for him drastically when he witnesses what he thinks is a dog getting attacked. It turns out it was a shifter named Kandra getting attacked. Kandra has been through more than anybody should. She finds it hard to trust anybody fearing their true intentions. Her instincts tell her that she can trust Brayden. That he might be her mate.
I really loved this book! It was as fast-paced as the rest of the series. Not to mention the witty banter. I would have liked to see Solomon a bit more in this book, but I’ll probably say that in every book. I love Solomon. He’s my favorite male character. Ari is my favorite female character. But I digress. I really felt for Kandra. She had been through so much. I’m glad that Brayden found her. I think things would have been different had anybody else found her.
There’s not really anything that I can think of on the top of my head that I didn’t like about this book. There was a reference in the book that I was kind of annoyed with until the end where it became a key factor. I thought the author just kind of through a meaningless nugget of information until it was referenced again. I do think that if it was a bit of an important piece that more information should have been sprinkled into the story. Not a lot. Just maybe a reference or two more here or there.
This book was narrated by Troy Duran and Sarah L. Colton. They narrated the rest of the series as well. They did a fantastic job. If I’m being honest, I think they make the story even more appealing to me. Especially Duran’s version of Solomon. I think it adds a lot more allure to Solomon than is already there. Yes, I’m aware I have a big bias on Solomon. I can’t help it. But I digress. Again. I have listened to other books by Sarah L. Colton. I would definitely be willing to listen to others by her and Troy Duran.
This is the fifth book in a series. They can technically be read as standalone. I encourage anybody to read them all. They don’t have to be read in order, but they are all very unique and a pure joy to read. I didn’t really start loving this series right away. I enjoyed it very much, but I wasn’t in love. However, I wound up falling in love with it more and more each book. I recommend this book and every book in this series!

Paranormals of Avynwood

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Book Reviews

Raindrops On Roses by Millenia Black Book Review

Michael has been living day to day going on a routine that’s expected of him. It’s not until he meets Pricilla that he realizes that he’s not really happy anymore. He hasn’t been happy for a long time. He decides to leave it all behind. For her. Priscilla is devastated. Her grandmother has passed away. She raised Priscilla after rescuing her and her brother from their abusive mother. She meets Michael and falls hard for him. Amber is in love with Michael. She has been with him for over a decade. She will do whatever it takes to keep him with her. Including sabotaging his happiness.
The cover is beautiful. The book is very easy to follow along with. It’s a very short and easy to read. I read it all in one sitting. I mean I guess listening to it in audiobook made that very much easier. Not that it wouldn’t have been easy to read alone. It was a really nice and adorable story. I know that many readers will enjoy this story very much. Especially those who love the triangle type romances.
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I don’t really know right now if I will be finishing the trilogy. It’s something to think about. There’s nothing really horribly wrong with it. I just didn’t really get anything from it. I feel like I’d have to reread the first book again when I do get around to reading any sequels. There’s nothing really memorable. The story flows nicely, but there’s no real flare. I can’t explain it.
This book was narrated by Sharon Lacey. She did a pretty impressive job. It was quite obvious that she really got into the story as she went. I think that helped me not get too bored with the story. There’s nothing really noteworthy to point out specifically. I am curious to hear other books she’s narrated. I’m sure she does just as fantastic with them as well.
I really wanted to enjoy this book. The flow of the story is nice and simple. It’s a very short and easy to read. It just missed something. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’m not saying that I will not continue on with the trilogy, but if I do, it won’t be right away. I won’t discourage others from reading the book just because I personally didn’t enjoy it all that much. I encourage everybody to give it a chance that thinks they might enjoy it.

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesdays: Signs You’re A Book Lover

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! Thanks Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl for creating this meme.

This Week’s Topic:

Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover (basically, people know you’re a book lover because… i.e., you’re always carrying a book or two, your library card broke from overuse, etc.)

  1. You’ll never finish all the books on your TBR pile in your lifetime, but you keep buying books anyway.
  2. You own a book, but need to buy another copy because it has a different cover.
  3. You have to have a book with you at all time or you feel like a limb is missing.
  4. Reading multiple books because you can’t decide which book you want to read more.
  5. Listening to audiobooks when you can’t actually sit down and read to maximize your reading time to the fullest.
  6. Being able to write long essay of the differences between the book and the movie/tv show.
  7. Having multiple book boyfriends/girlfriends.
  8. Quoting favorite quotes from books at random because they stuck with you and you enjoy them a lot.
  9. Constantly wondering what happened to the characters after the story is over. Wishing the characters were in your life to where they never have to cease to exist.
  10. You have a space in your home that’s dedicated specifically to reading.

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The Soul Searchers Mysteries Book 2 Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Series Blog Tour: The Soul Searchers Mysteries by Caryn Larrinaga

Author: Caryn Larrinaga

Narrator: Jessica McEvoy

Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

Series: The Soul Searchers Mysteries, Book 2

Released: March 2020

Publisher: Twisted Tree Press

Genre: Supernatural Cozy Mystery

Mackenzie Clair finally has this whole ghost-hunting psychic thing figured out. The Soul Searchers are a hit, she’s got pet-parenting down, and she even has a plan to banish the poltergeist running amok at a lakeside cabin. Best of all, Donn’s Hill feels like home. But not everyone loves the town as much as Mac. A world-famous paranormal debunker thinks the psychics in Donn’s Hill are lying about their abilities. His determination to destroy the Soul Searchers threatens Mac’s livelihood, and when a killer strikes, the sheriff’s suspicions threaten her freedom. Mac needs all the help she can get to find the real murderer and clear her name… even if that help comes from beyond the grave.
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Caryn Larrinaga is a self-described horror evangelist and paranormal junkie. Her debut supernatural mystery novel, DONN’S HILL, won the League of Utah Writers 2017 Silver Quill Award in the adult novel category and was a 2017 Dragon Award finalist. Her short fiction has won multiple honors and been featured in local and international anthologies. Watching scary movies through split fingers terrified Caryn as a child, and those nightmares inspire her to write now. She lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their clowder of cats. Visit http://www.carynlarrinaga.com for free short stories and audiobooks.
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Narrator Bio Between peddling video games and teaching yoga in her home state of Arizona, Jessica McEvoy attempts to conduct a career as a professional voice actress. This, however, is moderately undermined by the fact that she records in a dimly lit closet with her microphone balanced on a stack of old board games (Junior Scrabble and Powerpuff Girls Monopoly form a strong foundation), but she hopes that no one holds that against her. Though her main work consists of narrating audiobooks, her first dive into the voice world was through the NoSleep podcast after answering a post from the LibriVox forums. Having been raised on horror movies and scary stories, she was beyond excited to be able to work on the show. Many stories, tortured screams, deranged villains, and creepy little girl giggles later, Jessica hopes to work on the podcast for seasons and seasons to come.
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Q&A with Striker the cat
  • What is your full name? Do you have a nickname (if so, who calls you this)? Striker Clair. Mac sometimes calls me “my cat” in front of other humans, which is hilarious.
  • Where do you live now, and with whom? Describe the place (home and location) and the person/people you live with. Mac found me a really nice, warm, cozy apartment in a big yellow house not too far from Main Street in Donn’s Hill. There’s a great big tree right by the window, so I can climb up and down whenever I want. My favorite part about it is this cushy bench that runs along the inside of a round turret; it’s sunny there for most of the day and it’s a great place to nap. Usually I sleep in the soft bed Mac bought me though; she’s pretty warm so I let her share it with me.
  • What is your job? I’m in charge of security for a TV show called the Soul Searchers. I travel with the team when they’re filming and make sure no mice or birds interfere with anything. If a ghost shows up, I keep Mac safe. She’s really important. You know… to the show. Sometimes I help my friend Graham sell his sculptures at the Afterlife Festival. He always sells way more when I’m around!
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement so far, why? I’m really proud of how far Mac has come since I’ve been taking care of her. When we first met, she was so lost. She didn’t even have a home. Now I make sure she’s happy and healthy, and she’s really thriving. It’s great to see!
  • Do you have a motto? If so, what is it? “A treat in the hand is worth two in the bag.” Also, “Give me the bag.”
  • Mackenzie Clair (aka Mac) is a wanderer at heart. For Mac, home is where the people she loves are, and at the beginning of Donn’s Hill, everyone she loves has either left this life or betrayed her completely. She’s used to starting over, and her willingness to dive head first into uncharted territory serves her well as she discovers the return of a lost psychic ability to see the dead. Mac has dark, curly hair and tends to have shadows under her blue eyes from staying up late reading. Her sweet tooth can get out of control, and her favorite snacks include lemon bars and homemade chocolate chip cookies. She loves a good cup of tea but will take coffee if somebody else made it.
  • Striker is a small tortoiseshell cat who found her way into Mac’s life just when she was needed most, as cats have a way of doing. Fond of games and cuddling, she takes care of Mac as well (or better) as Mac takes care of her, and her inquisitive nature has a way of leading her human both into and out of trouble. Favorite snack: crunchy treats from Mac’s landlord’s breast pocket.
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In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

The government has attacked. The Children’s League is being blamed for attempting to assassinate the president. The kids must continue forward despite the devastating loss they felt. They must find Clancy and force him into telling them everything he knows. He holds the key to finding the truth to everything that caused IAAN. To discover the truth may destroy everything they know and who they are.
I was very impressed with the conclusion of this trilogy. It was witty. It was emotionally raw. It wasn’t as action-packed as I would have thought it would be, but it was pretty amazing. I really love the return of Zu. She was my absolute favorite character of this entire trilogy. I know it made some waves, but she was a crucial part of the story in my opinion. I’m hoping somewhere there’s a short story about what happened during her time away from the group.
There were parts that I wasn’t really understanding. It was starting to get very annoying. I didn’t know if I should keep reading or if I should just put it down and move on. Quite frankly, my TBR pile is just way too piled up for me to invest in books that I’m not enjoying. I’m glad I stuck with it though. I really am. It was a beautiful conclusion. I gave this review awhile to write after I finished reading it. I attempted to listen to The Darkest Legacy. I didn’t enjoy it at all. I stopped reading it a couple of chapters in.
This book was also narrated by Amy McFadden. I won’t gush again on another review. I do highly recommend people who love audiobooks checking her out. She just has a wonderful talent. I’m glad that she narrated the entire trilogy. She gave a great voice to the story that was very much needed. Especially during the down parts. I’m looking forward to listening to other books narrated by her.
I really did enjoy this trilogy a lot. I won’t go back and reread it. Well, not anytime soon anyway. I am glad that I took the time to read them all. It was a great story with some amazing potential. It’s not in my top ten favorites list. It’s not on the least favorite either. That’s something. I’m planning to watch the movie adaptation very soon. I do recommend everybody give the trilogy a chance.

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Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

After making one of the worst decisions of her life, Ruby does her best to adjust and adapt to life with the Children’s League. During a mission, she rescues Liam’s brother. She also discovers a dark plot taking place behind closed doors in the Children’s league. Ruby and Cole must go on a mission to shed light on the sinister plan that many of the agents of the Children’s League and bring them down before it’s too late.
I was so underwhelmed with the first book that I almost didn’t continue the series. I was disappointed. I expected this fantastic and action-packed book. It fell flat in many ways. I had already bought the box set and I made a pact with somebody that I’d read them. So I did. I’m glad I did. The second book was so much better than the first. I was very impressed. I even found a new favorite character in this one.
There were still places that the book fell flat. I can’t really explain it. I just expected there to be a bit more. Everything was pretty cut and dry. They had a mission to find someone. They succeeded. There wasn’t really much challenge in doing so either. They just set about on their journey and got where they were going. I mean yes, they had to be cautious, but still. I just expected it to be a little more difficult than it was.
This book was narrated by Amy McFadden. She’s one of my favorite narrators of all time. I believe that’s the biggest reason I chose to continue reading the series. If anybody could turn a bland book exciting, it’s her. Well, Sarah Puckett can as well, but I digress. McFadden knows how to pitch her voice to completely enthrall your emotions and make you feel what you’re supposed to at that particular point in the story.
While I didn’t enjoy the first book, this book was very nice. I enjoyed it. I feel like the story is actually picking up and going places. I definitely see more of a personality with Ruby in this one than I did the first. I think we can think Vida for that. She’s so full of personality and energy that she kind of spills over. Either way, I’m glad that I chose to continue the series instead of shelving it.

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Writing Diary

Weekly Blog And Reading Plans 3/30/20

Had a successful week with training. It ended in a bit of stress. I had two hours of OJT (On the job training) and had tech issues that caused me to be unable to complete it. I will be making up for it Wednesday. I’m a little nervous, but I’m feeling very confident. I think this week will be pretty light, but it’s pretty packed as well. I hope everybody is has a fantastic week and staying safe!

Tempered Book 2 Audiobook Tour & Review

Poems To See By Release (Netgalley)
The Woman Of A Thousand Names Release (Paperback)
The Soul Searchers Mysteries Book 2 Audiobook Tour

Brayden’s Return Review Tour (1st-4th)

Pixel And Diaries Blog Tour
Raindrops On Roses Audiobook Tour

Kristen Hager Promo Post

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Tempered Series Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Series Tour: The Tempered Series by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Author: Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Narrator: Terri England

Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

Series: Tempered, Book 2

Publisher: Pamela S Thibodeaux Enterprises LLC

Released: Nov. 18, 2019

Genre: Inspirational Romance

Dr. Scott Hensley (introduced in Tempered Hearts) has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents. Katrina Simmons is recovering from scars inflicted on her as a battered wife. Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened? Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another?
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Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” Sign up to receive Pam’s newsletter and get a FREE short story!
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Terri England is a radio personality, podcast host and book narrator. She is the mother of two daughters and one very stubborn (but smart) Doberman named Jackles. She loves music, both stars (Wars & Trek) and is obsessed with the supernatural. In her own words, Terri is “a geek and proud of it.”
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Q&A with Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I’ve enjoyed audio books myself and often wondered how to get mine into this format. Thinking it was expensive or complicated, I put this venture off. One day I read a series of blog posts by Nancy Cohen and thought, “What the heck?” I listed Tempered Hearts and then searched for a narrator, basically followed Nancy’s advice to the letter. Once I found a narrator I could work with, she recorded. I reviewed. She made corrections. I reviewed. I approved then in about 2-3 weeks ACX sent notification the book was available! All in all it’s been a harrowing but exciting venture.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • No, I believe any type of book could be in audio format. Well, maybe not a cook book because following a recipe might be difficult. I listen to both fiction and nonfiction books on audio.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not at first. My main goal when I wrote my Tempered series was to get published. Print published. Funny, as it happens, Tempered Dreams and Tempered Hearts were both issued as Ebook at first. I took the necessary steps to get them into print. The prospect of audio books just came to me last year (2019).
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • After I listed Tempered Hearts and searched for a narrator who would take royalty share. Many say they do, but when you talk with them, they want upfront fees. Since that was not an option for me at the time, I kept looking. I found Terri England and listened to a few of her clips then approached her. She accepted my offer and Tempered Hearts was up within a few weeks. Since I loved her presentation, I contacted her about Tempered Dreams. She accepted my offer and we’re now working on book 3, Tempered Fire. I’m pretty sure she’ll do Tempered Joy also after which, I’m hoping to get her to narrate the rest of my books.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • I hadn’t worked with any narrator before Terri. Yes, we talked a little about dialogue and voice inflection for Tempered Hearts, and of course accent and pronunciation for Tempered Dreams since it is set more in Louisiana than Texas. Over all she did a jam-up job and I’m excited to work with her on books 3 and 4.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I’ve always loved Bandera, Texas. As a young child of 4 or 5 I would visit with my grandparents their friend whom I called Aunt Ellen. When I started writing Tempered Hearts and decided to set it on a ranch, Bandera seemed the perfect place. In 2010 I went to a romance writers retreat in Bandera and ended up working at the same dude ranch that hosted the retreat off and on for 4 years. Since then I make it a point to return a couple of times each year to visit the many friends I made while living and working there.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Since my husband’s death in 2009, my enthusiasm for writing comes and goes in fits and starts. When I’m really into a story, it’s easy to maintain my momentum. However, I don’t push myself when the story stalls. Burn-out comes from trying to force something that isn’t happening or pushing too hard to make something happen that is not in God’s time. When I feel that coming on, I take a break. I read a lot! I may write something different (blog posts, articles for local magazine, etc) then I pick up the story when I can.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • What I love the most about audiobooks is that I can listen to them when I travel or am too busy to sit and read. As much as I appreciate them, and Ebooks, nothing beats holding a paperback in my hands!
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • Any time you are exploring worlds or witnessing the lives of characters in whatever form is a good thing.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • Reading gets me out of a writing slump. There’s no such thing as a reading slump LOL! Although, I do read mostly in binges.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Be teachable, flexible and continue learning, growing and improving your craft. Never give up! Your talent is a gift from God. Don’t bury your talent or hide your gift.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Tempered Fire is currently in production for audio release and afterward, Tempered Joy. After these two in the series, I want to get my two Women’s Fiction novels, The Visionary and Circles of Fate in audio. I’m also working on Tempered Truth which has eluded me for years but I’m hoping to have it published (or at the very least, finished) this year.
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Tempered Dreams by Pamela S. Thibodeaux Book Review

Scott has closed himself off to the thought of love. He is content with the way his life is going until an accident introduces him to Katrina. Katrina is in an abusive marriage. She accepts her life as it is until the accident causes her to miscarry. Finally finding the courage to leave her husband, she gets attacked putting her in Scott’s presence once again. In him, she finds the chance to find real love. She also finds her faith in God again.
I think that this book has a very powerful message. I do have to fully disclose that domestic violence and abuse are referenced in this book. It’s not glossed over or glamorized. It’s written out as raw and real as domestic violence is. As some people are sensitive to subjects like this, I feel it should be completely put out in the open. It’s a very wholesome and religious book. I wonder how personal this book is to the author. This is the second book in a series. If I’m being honest, I liked it a lot better than the first.
There were a few things that I didn’t really care for in the book. The biggest thing is that it hit a little more home for me than I’m comfortable with. Anybody who is a victim of domestic violence knows how much sticks with you. Things can go on in life that is completely normal and something triggers a memory of the violence. It’s a blow. But I digress. I guess this is more of a compliment to the author than an insult. Being that they captured the triggers very well.
This book was narrated by Terri England. I can’t remember if she’s the one who narrated the first one or not. She does have a very entrancing southern voice. I can say that much. It’s so authentic. I felt like I was legitimately in the world that the story takes place in. I’d love to listen to other books narrated by England. Other than her accent, she also has a very calming tone as well.
I really did enjoy this book. I wouldn’t call it a favorite, but it was very deep. I love the powerful messages littered through the entire book. I would suggest that the reader would reflect on the fact that domestic violence, alcoholism, and abuse is reflected in this book. I’m not saying don’t read it. I’m saying that if these are sensitive topics, then it would be best not to read it. It is worth the read though. It’s a very wholesome read full of hope and love.

Tempered Hearts

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