Just Sittin' Here Waitin' on Wednesday #13

This wonderful meme is based on the one started by Breaking the Spine 

The weather is rather blah today,
so I thought that for today's WOW I
would present a fireside worthy read.

This book was turned into one of my favorite movies
and I am so anxious to find out what they didn't put in the movie.

Title:  The Witches of Eastwick
Author:  John Updike
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Expected Release Date:  March 13th, 2012
 Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcĂ©es with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick—and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyche.   -Goodreads

I wonder if I can read this book without thinking of Cher and Jack Nicholson?
We'll See!!!!

Betwitching Book Tours Presents: Tortuga's Treasure: Ceil's Legacy

Title:  Tortuga Treasure:  Ceil's Lagacy
Author:  Marsha A. Moore
Format:  Ebook
Length:  131 pages
Publisher:  Muse It Up
Rating:  5 Stars

When Ciel first looks into Alvaro’s eyes she finds love. Bad timing. In the next instant he’s fatally stabbed in the back by one of his pirate mates. Her girlfriends warn her it will only bring on a heap of trouble to save him. Unable to resist, she gives him the gift of a new life as one of her kind--a merman.

Will their love encourage him to embrace life as a merman? Can love survive if he wishes to return to human form? Either way, her friends speak true. No matter how much mermagic and dark vodou Ciel and her friends cast, blood-thirsty buccaneers chase them across the Caribbean until Alvaro finally decides.

Warning: This book contains a magical cock-a-too, lecherous scurvy pirate dogs, hoodoo healers, the mark of the evil Black Spot, plenty of dark Haitian vodou, and passionate encounters on tropical beaches.

"Tortuga Treasure...Ceil's Legacy" is a veritable treasure trove filled to the brim with magic, danger, merfolk, pirates, and romance.
Readers can't help being swept into the action of the story from its opening pages.  This is not to say that the story in and of itself is rushed in any way.  Marsha A. Moore does a wonderful job of balancing the quieter moments within this read with the more action packed scenes; taking great care to ensure that neither aspect is allowed greater precedence.

The Mer
In a world where tales of mers abound, this one puts quite a different spin on things.  In this water read, Ceil and her mer companions show no hesitation when taking to the land during their quests.  The fact that they actually come out of the water and walk on their fins, gives this story and the mer legend an entirely new dimension.  
No longer are the mers water-locked or forced to give up their fins to interact with humans.  The mers ability to come on land while remaining mer allows them a greater control over their responses to  situations that they encounter and makes them more of a force to be reckoned with.

The Magic
This book is filled with so much magic that it would make Harry Potter blush.  Because there is so much that is charmed within this read; we are allowed to see all of the sides of what is magical.  Mers are of course expected to carry with them the enchantments of the sea, and we see that.  What is new and different is that
humans and even animals are allowed to carry and weld charms that are equal to those of the magical merfolk.

The Men
This book has all the men that a mer-girl could want and it seems that Ceil has more than she can handle.
If they are not trying to capture her heart, they are after her body or trying to kill her.  The romantic entanglements, fights, and all other interactions between Ceil, her gal pals, and the men in this story are not to be missed.

The Message
This book is evidence that good things come in small packages.  If you like stories where hearts are true, battles are bloody, love conquers all, and fins are fabulous...this is the read for you!

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Come and Get Some... Shelf Candy #1

Shelf Candy is a wonderful meme brought 
to you by the fabulosity that is

My Pick:
Title:  Above
Author:  Leah Bobet
Publisher:  Arthur A. Levine Publishers
Publication Date:  April 1st, 2012

My Thoughts:

This cover has a dark
almost savage beauty that 
that borders in menacing.

"Come to the dark side with me."

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They support us all.

Don't Sleep on "Awaken"

Title:  Awaken
( The Patronus: Book 1)
Author:  Sarah M. Ross
Format:  Ebook
Length:  175 pages
Publisher:  4 Corners Press
Rating: 4 stars

Lucy Donovan was supposed to have a weekend of fun in the sun, celebrating her upcoming graduation from college. In a split second, everything changed. A drunk driver ended Lucy’s mortal life.

Lucy opens her eyes to a world she never imagined possible and a new destiny: as a Patronus, a guardian of spirits. Adjusting to her new role and abilities while negotiating this confusing realm will test her limits and push her further than she ever dreamed she would go. From wayward spirits who don’t want her help to soul stealing vampires, and even a stuck-up British royal, Lucy must brave them all to save one spirit she can’t bear to lose.

Further complicating her life is an inexplicable yet growing connection she feels to a member of her team, Max, whose mysterious behavior leaves her both confused and intrigued.

Waking up dead was just the beginning of her problems. Lucy’s death is about to become the greatest adventure of her life   -Goodreads

Something New
Sarah M. Ross' "Awaken" has managed to breathe new life into the world of paranormal romance.  Though the elements of the story:  vampires, wares, and angelic guardians are the same, the story, lore and world that is built for readers within the pages of this tale are something new altogether.
Readers will be pleasantly surprised to find that there is a novel sized story within this relatively short read.  Don't let the size if this book fool you.  It is a complex, full bodied story that is chock full of complex characters, action, heartbreak and romance.

Romance....And So Much More
This book stands heads above the rest in that area.  It would have been so easy for  this author to have just allowed Lucy and Max to just fall into bed and succumb to the attraction that is so obvious from the start.  Instead, she takes the high road in this, allowing the relationship between the two to mature as an element of the story instead of becoming its focus.

There are so many other relationships that are allowed to have their place in the spotlight throughout this read.  The friendships that exist between Lucy, James, Cassie, and Max.  The love that shines through for Lucy toward her sister, and the battle within Lucy herself are just a few colors within the emotional rainbow that is this tale.

This is a wonderful read and a great introduction to what promises to be a fascinating series.  
Bring on book two...I'm hooked!

You'll Love the Taste of "Sweet Venom"

Title:  Sweet Venom 
(Medusa Girls #1)
Author Tera-Lynn Childs
Format: Ebook
Length: 345 pages
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Publishing
Rating: 4 stars 

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.   -Goodreads

The Pluses
The Plot- Tera Lynn Childs offers a fresh take on the mythos of Medusa and the Gorgons.  Readers will find this decidedly feminine tale of heroism a welcome change in a genre that has been so long dominated by males, with women as hapless victims or relegated to roles of minor renown.

Grace- Though hers is not the first voice that we hear in the story, it is indeed the one that speaks to readers the loudest.  In this first book, it is Grace's footsteps that we follow along the path that leads not only to the realization of her destiny, but that of her sisters as well.  She also serves as the heart of the book.  She is the character that is allowed to be the most flawed and thereby the most relateable.

San Fransisco-  The choice of this city as the setting for this story is a stroke of genius on the part of
 Tera Lynn Childs.  The varied cultures and diversity that this city provides assures that though the action is confined to this one space; there is no chance that scenes could become repetitive.

The Monsters- There is no question that there was a great deal of research done when it came to the mythic baddies of this work.  Their actions descriptions and mannerisms were true to myth and the shear number and variety of them was astounding.  

The Minuses
Greer and Gretchen- They were basically two sides of the same coin, tough exterior with soft underbelly, eager to please and afraid of being hurt.  So much time was spent on the development of the character of Grace, that these two came off rushed and rather one dimensional.  

The Boys- Milo and Nick seem to always be in the wrong place at the right time.  Hopefully that will serve some higher purpose later, but for right now...IT'S ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Timing- The length of time between the beginning of the story and when Gretchen and Grace team up is perfect, it is the rush job occurs toward the end and the way that Greer is almost an after thought that truly detracts from the story as a whole.

Reviewer's Note
It is my hope that the "minuses" that I listed in my review are nothing more than "first bookitis" and as is often the case, will be rectified in the books that follow.
This book is a breath of fresh air in YA and I can't wait for more.

Just' Sittin' Here...Waitin' on Wednesday #12

This wonderful meme is based on the one started by Breaking the Spine 
 O.K. This was a serious case of COVER LOVE for me.
I mean really.  It's sooo pretty.
Just to be fair though...I did read the synopsis and the story 
does seem GREAT...but LOOK at this COVER!

Title:  The Vanishers
Author:  Hiedi Julavits
Publisher:  Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Expected Release Date:  March 13th, 2012 

From the acclaimed novelist and The Believer editor HEIDI JULAVITS, a wildly imaginative and emotionally intense novel about mothers, daughters, and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another. Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable, even by death?     Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment.     Julia retreats to a faceless job in Manhattan. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person—a controversial artist who might have a connection to her mother. As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues, everything she thought she knew of her mother is called into question, and she discovers that her ability to know the minds of others—including her own—goes far deeper than she ever imagined.      As powerful and gripping as all of Julavits's acclaimed novels, The Vanishers is a stunning meditation on grief, female rivalry, and the furious power of a daughter's love

"Trafficked"...A Must Read

 Title:  Trafficked
Author:  Kim Purcell
Format:  Hardback ARC
Length:  384
Publisher: Viking
Rating:  5 stars

Hannah is an ordinary teenager growing up in Moldova until her parents are killed in a terrorist bombing. While she’s still mourning the loss, she gets an offer that sounds too good to be true: a job as a nanny for a Russian family in Los Angeles.
At first, it seems like her luck has finally turned around, but life with the Platonovs quickly spirals into a nightmare. Lillian, the mother, forces Hannah to work sixteen-hour days cleaning, and won’t let her leave the house. Sergey, the father, is full of secrets. And they refuse to pay Hannah.
Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah has become a modern-day slave. And the more Hannah unravels this family’s terrible secrets, the more her life—and her family back home—are in grave danger. Desperate and lonely, she reaches out to the boy next door. But in the end, the only one who can save Hannah is herself.   -www.kimpurcell.com

My Thoughts
This is a very difficult read, given the seriousness of the subject matter and its societal relevance.   This story is a fictionalized version of tales ripped from the headlines of newspapers nationwide.  
Readers hearts will go out to young Hanna, a girl who though continually faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, still finds a way to maintain her integrity, spirit, and sanity.

The appalling behavior of the adults in this book in regard to Hannah and their pitiful attempts to justify and hide their misdeeds is enough to make one's blood boil.  This is clearly an example of what unscrupulous people will do when they think that there will be no consequence.  

This book is a must read for anyone with children.  It is time that we as a nation take the blinders off and realize that this is "our" problem.  A problem that will not go away without action from the American people, law enforcement, and government.

What's Your Status...Can You Tell Me? #3

Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. 

My meme for this week is a carry over from last week.
Read as of Last Week
Title:  Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author:  Stephanie Perkins

Title:  Lenobia's Vow
P.C. and Kristin Cast

Title:  Stained
Author:  Ella James

Title:  Trafficked
Author:  Kim Purcell
Page 202 of 384

Title:  Replication:  The Jason Experiment
Author:  Jill Williamson
65% read

Hollow Tours Presents: Stained

 Title:  Stained
Author: Ella James
Format:  Ebook 
 Publisher:  Barkley's Books
Rating:  5 stars

After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie - Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.   -Goodreads

Here, yet again, it stands to reason that where there is great story telling there is authoress Ella James.
This tale is nothing like the sweet "be still my heart" love readers were served in "Before You Go".  "Stained" is an action packed, mile a minute thrill read, filled with demons, fights, wings, angst, mystery, suspense...and maybe...just a little...ROMANCE.

What  Are You?
Julia is a girl who loses it all on the night that her house burns down at the hands of a mysterious demon that she sees moments before she is forced to flee her burning home; leaving her dead foster parents and all that she has known behind to start a life as...

Flash forward.   Julia...abandoned pecan factory...death demon...hot guy...a fight...hot guy almost dies...and Julia heals him.
 That right, she heals him.  So we the readers are left with the same question for both Julia and the hottie that falls through the roof of the afore mentioned pecan factory, who we later come to know as Cayne.
Who are you?

So Now What?
She saves him from his injuries and he saves her from Sam. Oh yeah, did I not tell you that Mr. Death's name is Sam, and that he is not only hunting Julia, but is also locked in a to-the-death battle with Cayne?
It seems that Cayne and Sam are playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse and Julia is the shiny cat toy with feathers that neither can resist.
This is where the real fun begins.  While on the hunt for Sam readers get to see the sights of Memphis, find out that Cayne is a half demon with missing memories, learn about Julia and her mysterious birthmark, fight more demons and...I would love to tell you but you're just going to have to read it.

Not Your Average Angel
Cayne is not your average angel, and this is not the hot angel + cute girl = show me your wings and I'll love you forever.  This story is a battle from start to finish.  Julia and Cayne are both battling for sanity, truth, love, and their lives.
This is an intelligent read full of characters that are not always perfect, but who are able to think on their feet.  The story plays out before the reader like a flawlessly conducted symphony.  Every scene, player, line, and setting doing its part to make the experience of "Stained" the masterpiece that it is.

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Just Sittin' Here...Waitin' On Wednesday #11

This wonderful meme is based on the one started by Breaking the Spine
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!
I did!
I got books of course...

Ok...here's my WOW for this week!

 Title:  The Peculiars
Author:  Maureen Doyle McQueery
Publisher:  Amulet/ABRAMS
Expected Release Date:  May 1st, 2012

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.
On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena's father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.   -Goodreads

"The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight" Is Off The Charts

 Title:  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author:  Jennifer E. Smith
Format:  Hardback ARC
Length:  256 pages
Publisher:  Poppy/Little Brown
Rating:  5 stars

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it   -Goodreads

Review Disclaimer
Let me begin this review by saying that I don't usually write my reviews in first person, but with this book I felt that there was no other way to truly convey to my audience this book's effect on me other than to do so.
That being said, here we go...

We Are Family
Hadley's irritation, sorrow, confusion, loss, need, anger, and yes, love stood up and screamed at me from the opening lines of this book.  I wanted so much to dive into the pages and slap her father!  The abandonment and betrayal of the father/daughter and familial bonds on which this girl built the foundation of her life had been ripped away and he seemed so ready to just move on!  (Yes...I am screaming in a blog post!)

Jennifer E. Smith will forever have my deepest gratitude for allowing readers of this novel to experience the reorganization of Hadley's family from her POV without excluding or overshadowing the importance or the dynamic of her mother's loss and the way that she dealt with it as well.
Though Hadley's family structure changed, its status as a family did not.  Thank you Miss Smith for allowing Hadley's mother to go through all of emotional turmoil that a separation of that caliber would cause, and still remain Hadley's mother.
Although I feel that in the grand scheme of things, Hadley's father got away with murder.  I cannot fail to acknowledge that he did take responsibility for his role in things.  I have to albeit begrudgingly, give him a bit of a pat on the back for attempting to include his daughter in his new life.

See YA authors...You can have strong parental interaction and respect between parent and child and the book won't self destruct.    

Imagine Meeting You Here
The way that Hadley and Oliver met was so natural and unscripted that I just had to stand up and cheer.  Proof that it is often the most ordinary occurrences which have the most life altering effects.   I loved the two of them together from the beginning, and literally had to speed read my way through the areas in this story that didn't concern them; to get back to their parts.
Oliver was just Oliver...sweet, intelligent, wounded, loveable, funny, Oliver.  It was the fact that he was 'just Oliver,' that made him so loveable. 
 We regular girls the world over get to experience a little wish fulfillment in Oliver and Hadley.  Through them we get to see what happens when an ordinary girl with issues meets an ordinary guy with issues and they become extraordinary together in spite of said issues.

 And Finally
"The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight" is a beautiful microcosm in which love lost, love found, and love metamorphosed is presented to the reader with an unsurpassed beauty and heart-tugging emotional honesty that any reader would love.


Hollow Tours Presents: Before You Go

 Title:  Before You Go
Author:  Ella James
Format:  Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars

Margo Ford just became an heiress. Not the Paris Hilton kind. Her billions came after her father died and her insanely wealthy, insanely absent mother officially claimed her. Unfortunately, some terrorists noticed, and they hatched a plot to kidnap her. After a news report goes awry, reporting that Margo *has* been kidnapped, and her mother offers the humiliating sum of $500,000 for her return, Margo doesn't want anything to do with her *#$!@ of an egg donor. Then she is sentenced to a summer of "protection" on her mother's private island. Not the Oprah Winfrey kind. This one has an astronomical observatory filled with scientists, including Logan Greer, a super hot, super infuriating planet-hunter. Hiding out from kidnappers has never been so boring... until suddenly it isn't anymore.

My Thoughts
Ella James does a wonderful job of bringing her readers into the sheltered, privileged, but loveless world of Margo Ford.  Readers are immediately struck by her loss, sorrow, insecurity, and her need for an emotional port in the turbulent storm that is her life.
When she meets Logan, the handsome young pilot that is hired to take her to her "mother's" island; she is immediately swept away on a tide of desire that sets her adrift in very unfamiliar waters.

This book is a wonderful example of all of the things that a novella should be.  It is well-written and the characters are well defined, so that the reader doesn't have to spend time trying to figure out who is doing what and why.   There is a definite focus on Logan and Margo's relationship without sacrificing the importance of other players  to the drama as a whole, and individuals within the work are written in such a way that they are instantly relateable  to readers.

This is a joy to read and will bring a smile to the heart of anyone who still believes in true love, chemistry, white knights, princesses, and following one's own star.

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A Big Literary Thank You!

I would like to take the time to thank all of the wonderful people who have contributed to making "WTF Are You Reading?" the wonderful success that it is becoming.
I had no idea when I started this blog some 8 months ago, that my voice and the pages that I chose to turn would mean so much to so many.
The journey that I have taken has led me through the books and into the lives of so many great authors, publicists, bloggers and publishers and I will be forever grateful for their willingness to share the bounty of their knowledge, time, and the fruits of their labor with me.

To my blogging brothers and sisters!
I love you all sooo very much!  Keep doing what you do!  All the memes, giveaways, chats, bitchfests, and reviews!  I don't know where I would be without you!  When I was tired and had not a clue of where to go or what to do...you were there with the flashlight and emergency books. 

When I think of all the magic that you bring into the world...I am simply in awe!
Thank you!!!!!!    Thank You!!!!!!!  Thank You!!!!!!!!
Thank you for all the great quotes, wonderful worlds, memorable characters, and cherished stories that I have been able to dive into for days, weeks and years!  Thank you for all of the late nights, rewrites, edits,  book signings, tears, and WTF moments.  I will be forever in your debt.

You are the gate keepers for the authors and publishers, walking that fine line between the media and your client.  I thank you so much for working with me.  Thank you for the chance to see the first blooms of the literary rose.

Whether you be indie or mainstream....THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for bringing the treasure of the author to the public at large!  You are truly my heroes!

My Family!

To my lovely daughters!  Takijah, Amarii, and Nyasia, you are the reason that I wake up in the morning!
Thank you so much for being there to make me laugh, cry with me, and look at me funny when there are MORE books in the mail.
Chase my Super Chi, Thank you for being the best writing partner EVER!  I never thought that I would get used to blogging with a chihuahua in my lap, but I wouldn't  have it any other way!
Cha'Keylah Thank you for being there always!  To listen, make me smile, and share your heart with me!

Love & Pages,

Just Sittin Here Waitin on Wednesday #10

 This wonderful meme is based on the one started by Breaking the Spine

I know, I know...
I missed WOW last week!

Not to worry though, I have returned and brought GOODIES!

Title:  Ripper
Author:  Amy Carol Reeves
Publisher:  Flux
Expected Release Date:  March 8, 2012 

A paranormal mystery involving London's most notorious killer.
In 1888, following her mother's sudden death, seventeen-year-old Arabella Sharp goes to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. At her grandmother's request, Abbie volunteers at Whitechapel Hospital, where she discovers a passion for helping the unfortunate women and children there.

But within days, female patients begin turning up brutally murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Even more horrifying, Abbie starts having strange visions that lead her straight to the Ripper's next massacres. As her apparent psychic connection with the twisted killer grows stronger, Abbie is drawn into a deadly mystery involving the murders, her mother's shadowed past, and a secret brotherhood of immortals--who'll stop at nothing to lure Abbie into its "humanitarian" aims.   -Goodreads

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Teaser Tuesday #2!!!!! You Want It??

Welcome to my version of 
Teaser Tuesday
Miz. B

My Teaser:
"Marianne took one look at him and knew something was wrong;
Billy could see it in her face, in the way she squared her shoulders.
In two seconds she transformed from Best Friend to
Avenging Angel;
her eyes flashed fury and her mouth twisted,
ready to spit poison."

p. 41  Loss  Jackie Morse Kessler
Release Date
March 20th, 2012

Hollow Tours Presents: Creature Kid

Title:  Creature Kid
(The Teenage Chronicles:  Vol. 1)
Author:  Rashad Freeman
Format:  Kindle
Length:  186 pages
Rating:  5 stars

Why do the movies always portray mutants as having some kind of glorious plight? If a kid got bit by a radioactive spider he’d probably puke webs right before he died. Men that can walk through bullets and fly don’t dress in tights and pretend to be newspaper reporters. And there are no special flashlights to shine in the air to signal you when there’s trouble. You want to be a superhero and fight crime? Prospects are unlikely at best. Chances are you’d just get sued by the criminals you arrested and put in prison for delivering your own vigilante justice.
The truth of the matter is living as a mutant is risky business. Uncontrollable outbreaks, delusions of grandeur and don’t forget the horde of scientists eager to pick you apart to figure out what makes you tick. Did you really expect a special school to crop up just to take care of all the misfortunate adolescents? Or you could create your own little team by adding Fantastic, Super, or Glorious to the front of a number. No, you wouldn’t be so lucky. And neither was Anthony Dimair, as a matter of fact he was the exact opposite. Now he must survive long enough to find the meaning of his Uncle’s cryptic message while avoiding capture, fighting the elements, and trying to not end up as dinner.    -Amazon

Just A Boy?
Anthony Dimar is just trying to survive his freshman year of high school in one fairly intact physical and mental piece.  He seems to be doing a good job of it too, until...

Yes, you heard right!
No, this was not the blessed event that he had been waiting for to make his life complete.
Sorry this is not that kind of story.

In this story, after the wings which by the way, are of the "furry bat variety" and not the "angelic sexy angel type" that seem to be all the rage right now.  Everything that can come out of the woodwork to attack Anthony and his motley crew of friends does just that.

A Read Anyone Could Love
This book is one to give to the person in your life who "doesn't read".  With instantly likeable characters, a fast-paced but well constructed plot and story line, and well written scenes this book is a really great read.
Readers will be surprised to find that though this book is quite fun and written from the viewpoint of a boy in his early teens, it is a very intelligent story.
Thank you Mr. Freeman for an original tale of friendship, adventure, bravery and fun in 186 pages!
This was a joy to read and I can't wait for the next installment.

This review was brought to you

Indie Spotlight: You'll Die Laughing With "Fat Assassins"

 Title:  Fat Assassins
(The Fat Adventure Series)
Author: Marita Fowler
Format: Kindle
Length: 294 pages
Publisher:  Scuttlebutt Press
Rating:  5 Stars

Southern style sweet potatoes Shasta and Ulyssa have stuck together through thick and thin since their escape from third grade fat camp. But on one dark day, they both find themselves unemployed. A hazardous job hunt sees them turn down egg harvesting, drug dealing and phone sex before they settle for an exterminator job. Confusing mafia lingo leaves the girls thinking they’re being interviewed to cope with a rodent infestation. Confident that they can handle the job, they oversell their skills and demand half payment up front to seal the deal. Skeptical at first, the mob boss decides to hire this unlikely pair when he mistakes their attitude for professional stoicism. The girls are shocked when presented with a target profile and an envelope full of cash. They want out, but it’s too late. The mob doesn’t allow do-overs. And certainly not when they’re whacking one of their own. The clock is ticking and when the body count is still zero after multiple attempts, the boss decides to bring in additional assassins to finish the job and tie up loose ends. And the girls just happen to be one of those loose ends.   -Goodreads

Ever have one of those days that you wish you could just...ummmmm...I don't know, skip?
It seems that Shasta and Ulyssa are having more of those than they can count, and you get to come along for the side splittingly funny ride.

You My Dear Have...Real Character
This is a book that is built on the wonderful cast of colorful characters that Marita Fowler has manged to both craft and bring to life with a seemingly effortless perfection.  
Though this book is written in a comedic voice, the characters are not written to parody life.  If anything, this book brings life to it's reader in a technicolor clarity, allowing  them to experience the full rainbow of the emotional spectrum within its pages.
There can be no better example of this than the story's heroines Shasta and Ulyssa.  They are in essence every woman.  They are your mother, sister, aunt, and yes, the checkout clerk at Wal-mart.  On the surface they appear sweet, loveable, and maybe even a little naive;  but back these babes into a corner and they'll come out shooting.

You Want Me To Whaaat?
This entire story and the high jinx which ensue are based on that question.  Whether it be Shasta, Ulyssa, or one of the many outlandish residents of Nitro, West Virgina; someone somewhere is always fulfilling some whacky wish with hilariously askew results. 

What You Really Need to Know
When deciding if you should read this book there are just a few things that you show know.

1.  This book can be hazardous to your health if read while doing any of the following:
     Eating or drinking- you will laugh so hard that choking could occur and drastic measures may have to be employed to save you.     
2.  The characters in this book are fictional though it may seem that the author has been following your crazy relatives around with a camcorder and writing down what they say and do.
3.  Walmart is indeed a holding station for the not so criminally insane elements of any town.

 4.  You don't have to be a size 2 to be fun, fit, smart, loveable and as sexy as hell!