Book Review Friday

Lyric’s Feature Friday – What Are You Reading This Week? #amreading, #kindle, #audible

Friday, October 12th, 2012 | Book Pimpage, Book Review Friday | No Comments

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“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King

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I don’t read Stephen King. I don’t like horror. I don’t like to read it. I don’t like to watch horrow movies. BUT I love this quote. To be a writer, you must be a reader. So, on Friday’s I’ve decided to share what’s on my pile and I’d love for you to share as well. I love recommendations!

 On My Kindle…

I purchased this book simply because it was #1 on Amazon at the time. I read some of the reviews which were pretty good and I read the blurb and it intrigued me as well. I’m really enjoying this book. The dynamic between the two main characters is nice, plus, I like it when the man has the hots for the woman and she puts him off for a little while. I’m juggling reading this with the next book but my plan is to have this one finished by the end of the weekend.

On My Nightstand…

Yes, there are two books on my nightstand right now. You have to understand that my tastes are really eclectic so I can jump from middle grade to oh hot mamma with ease and not feel squeamish about it either. LOL If you have a middle school boy in your house, he might enjoy The Fourth Stall. Bared To You is AWESOME SAUCE!!! I’m almost finished with it. I thought book #2 was out already but when I went to my local book store, it’s not due in the stores until Oct. 23 or somewhere along there. I think it’s available as an e-book but if I’m going to pay $9.99 for a book…I may as well get the paperback.

On Audible…

Rick Riordan is one of my favorite YA/MG authors. I simply adored the Percy Jackson series, his Kane Chronicles series and now The Lost Hero series as well. Again, if you have a middle school aged boy in your home, I’m sure he’ll like this series.

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Peace, love and sex!

Lyric

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Awesome! to Oh Shiznit! in 2.2 Seconds

Friday, July 20th, 2012 | Book Review Friday, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I bet you’re really wondering what the heck I’m talking about. This evening I was sitting at home relaxing with the family, checking my email and low and behold, I got a new review! I was super excited because I’d only gotten one review so far for Phoenix Kiss and I was wondering if anyone really even liked the story. I was reviewed by Guilty Pleasure Book Reviews. This is what DiDi had to say…

“I was thoroughly engaged from the beginning! The heroine needing an Epic Story about the reclusive millionaire, breaking into his house and the getting caught! *fans self* Yeat it was a definite smoke alarm in my house! =) Great story + Great sex scenes + plus equally hot characters = Awesome book!!! Definitely a must read for those of you that enjoy Shifter romance, and erotica combined.”

How awesome is that? I had a grin from ear to ear after I read that.

Then….

It all went to hell.

And yes, I may be over reacting and my little episode has absolutely nothing to do with writing. It has to do with exercising. I’ve been on an exercise kick since the beginning of July and have been doing really well exercising 5 days a week (Monday – Friday). I usually walk in the early AM after I drop my son off at camp. Well today, I had an inservice to attend so I missed my walk. I wasn’t going to let it deter me though from getting my 3 mile walk in. So, later in the evening after the blazing sun had gone down I went to my usual walking trail which is really beautiful. I’ve even seen a family of deer on my walk. Anyway…it was late, the sun was setting almost dark. I had my two daughters with me, although my oldest is a runner so she wasn’t with us.

Guess what I saw?

A damn snake. TWO of them beeyotches!! Back to back. I had a freaking hissy fit. My 13 year told me I had a kiniption fit. Hey, it’s probably true but it freaked me the hell out, especially since there were TWO of them. I could have sworn those sumbeeyotches were about 50 feet long…

…….but my daughter said they were more like a foot long.

But what the hell does she know? She’s only 13.

So…that’s how I went from Awesome! to Oh Shiznit! in 2.2 seconds. What about you guys? Have you ever gone through a situation like that?

Have a great day!

Peace, love and sex!

Lyric

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BOOK REVIEW Friday

Friday, February 10th, 2012 | Book Review Friday | 4 Comments

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series

I am currently reading Explosive Eighteen of this wonderfully funny series. I absolutely love it. How can I not? You have mystery, suspense, laughs, a woman in the middle of two hot guys (ok…not that way) who may or may not love her, sex, and a kick-ass side-kick. I also saw the movie!

If you haven’t picked up this series, try it out.

Peace, love and sex!

Lyric :-)

 

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Double Day FRIDAY w/a Contest!!!

Friday, December 16th, 2011 | Book Review Friday, Contests, Holiday's | No Comments

Friday’s are usually dedicated to a review of books I’ve read recently, but today or, this weekend, I’m participating in a Christmas blog-hop with a ton of other writers. So, you’ll get my reviews, plus the information about the blog-hop AND a contest!

Today’s two books are both by Julia Quinn, one of my favorite authors, who writes regency historical fiction. Now, let me say first that these two books are the conclusion of a series of books she wrote about a family of siblings. So, if you want to read the books in order, and get the “history” of the characters first (even though each book is a stand-alone), you’ll have to read the other six books. But, I can attest to the fact that the entire series is wonderful, so it wouldn’t hurt you to go back and read the other books too. However again, I’m just going to talk about the two I just finished reading a week or so ago.

These two books end the Bridgerton Series about 8 siblings and these two are about the youngest of the bunch, It’s In His Kiss is Hyacinth’s story and On The Way To The Wedding is Gregory’s story.

Hyacinth is my kind of regency lady. She falls in love with an alpha hero, but it doesn’t stop her from being her own woman, speaking her mind and basically doing what she wants to do to win her true love. Greg’s story is a little bit different in that he “thinks” he’s fallen in love with the right woman, but you know men…they hardly get things right the first time around, so, it takes a very unique woman to win his heart and she does.

 

I loved both books soooo much. And imagine my surprise when after I bought them with my Kindle app…I realized that I already had them in paperback at home. Go figure! You know how you buy so many books sometimes, stuff happens and you never get around to reading them. Well, I guess that’s what happened to me. I’m not upset though! Truly. I don’t mind having them in both paperback and e-published because that’s how much I enjoyed these books and I’m a huge JQ fan anyway.  

Now…to the contest!

 

http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/ 

All you have to do is comment and tell me the favorite genre’s you like to read. If you’re like me, you’re all over the place. I like contemporary romance, erotic contemporary romance, paranormal, regency, young adult…like I said, all over the place. I just love a really good book and if I love it, you can bet I’m a fan of that author for life. 

Each commentor will be entered into a drawing to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Amazon and an e-copy of my Christmas story, The Secret Santa Project. This contest, as well as the Christmas blog-hop, lasts all weekend. Make sure you leave your e-mail address in the comments. I’ll announce my winner on Monday morning! Click the blog-hop link above to go to the blog-hop event page to see the other authors participating so you can visit their blogs and enter their contests as well…there are a lot of great prizes to win!

Have a great weekend!

Love, peace and sex!

Lyric

****UPDATED**** It seems I’m having technical difficulties with posting. Thank you so much to Loray for letting me know she was having trouble posting. I’m going to try to get it resolved, but until then, send an email to lyric _ james @ sbcglobal . net (no spaces) and give me your answer and you will be entered into the contest. Thanks so much for dropping by! Lyric :-)

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Book Review FRIDAY

Friday, November 11th, 2011 | Book Pimpage, Book Review Friday | No Comments

I must admit that I’ve done nothing but read for the last week and I’ve read these three “wonderful” books! It’s a series by Maureen Smith called the Wolf Pack. It’s about a pair of brother’s and their friends. Book 1 (Taming The Wolf) is about Marcus Wolf a civil rights attorney and Samara Layton who works for a community outreach center that needs an infusion of money to stay open. They both have mommy issues that have prevented them from falling in love. Book 2 (Recipe for Temptation) is about Michael Wolf a celebrity chef and Dr. Reese St. James an OBGYN. These two have trust issues. Reading both of these brothers’ love stories was so much fune. I laughed, I cried…AND I got hot under the…well, you know. Anyway…if you have not read Maureen Smith, run out or pull up your Kindle app quick and purchase these books. They are well worth it. Book 3 (Tempt Me at Midnight) is about Quentin and Lexi, Michael’s best friends who you meet in the previous books who also find their love story.

Ms. Smith has found a way to revolve her stories around this group of people’s lives and interweave several great sub-plots that move through all three books which I believe is awesome! I love reading about people and then catching up with them in later books. I’m pretty sure there are more books to come in the series about the other members of The Wolf Pack and I can’t wait to read them. I hope you pick one up and enjoy it too.

Peace, love and sex!

Lyric

 

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Book Review FRIDAY

Friday, November 4th, 2011 | Book Pimpage, Book Review Friday | No Comments

 

    

 

I LOVE this series by Cinda Williams Chima. I read the first (The Demon King) and second (The Exiled Queen) books in the series this past summer and absolutely couldn’t wait for the third and what I thought, the final book, to come out in August. I wanted it in “audio,” and was really upset that it didn’t come out simultaneously in print and audio. So, I waited until it came out last week to get it and “listen” to it. AWESOME!!!

It’s what’s considered a “high” fantasy series about a young girl named, Raisa, who is the princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells and Han “Cuffs” Alister, a former streetlord of a gang called the Raggers.

This is the back cover blurb for The Demon King…

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When 16-year-old Han Alister and his Clan friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that this event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten everything he cares about.

Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar, to prevent him from using it against them. Only later does he learn that it has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. And the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back

Han’s life is complicated enough. He’s the former streetlord of the Raggers—a street gang in the city of Fellsmarch. His street name, Cuffs, comes from the mysterious silver bracelets he’s worn all his life—cuffs that are impossible to take off.

Now Han’s working odd jobs, helping to support his family, and doing his best to leave his old life behind. Events conspire against him, however. When members of a rival gang start dying, Han naturally gets the blame.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles to fight. As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s just spent three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai Camp—riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Now court life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of too-small shoes.

Wars are raging to the south, and threaten to spread into the high country. After a long period of quiet, the power of the Wizard Council is once again growing. The people of the Fells are starving and close to rebellion. Now more than ever, there’s a need for a strong queen.

But Raisa’s mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted by the handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells. Raisa feels like a cage is closing around her—and an arranged marriage and eroded inheritance is the least of it.

Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. With the help of her friend, the cadet Amon Byrne, she navigates the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she can unravel the conspiracy coalescing around her before it’s too late.

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You can read more about Cinda Williams Chima and the series by visiting her website. The last book in the series will be called The Crimson Crown and I can’t wait for it to come out next year! It’s definitely on my TBB list!

Peace, Love, and Sex!

Lyric

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Book Review FRIDAY

Friday, October 28th, 2011 | Book Pimpage, Book Review Friday | No Comments

Friday’s will be dedicated to reviewing books I read from my personal library. Because I am a middle-school librarian, my reviews will cover the gamet from middle-grade to young adult to … well, you know what I write!

 :-)  

So, here’s my first review. I adored the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and am so glad he’s written another series with/about some of the same characters. The first book was The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero.  This review is for the second book.

 

The Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

So awesome to be in Percy’s head again! Once again Rick Riordan took me away to the awesome world of Roman/Greek mythology via his demigods. Instead of Camp Halfblood…in this book we visit the counterpart Roman camp, Camp Jupiter. In this part of the saga Percy has lost (well it was taken) his memory and ends up at Camp Jupiter where he meets Hazel and Frank, and of course, they are sent on a quest.

I will NOT reveal any spoilers but if you were a fan of the Percy Jackson series, this one does not disappoint. I just hate that I have to wait until the fall of 2012 to read the next one, which is titled (because I looked on his website) The Mark of Athena. I can only assume this story will center on Annabeth. AND…I’m also guessing that the seven heroes of the great prophecy are now: Jason, Piper, Leo (all from The Lost Hero), and Percy, Hazel, Frank (all from The Son of Neptune) and Annabeth…I could be wrong.

I must also mention that I love Love LOVE that Rick Riordan has made the heroes in his books so “multicultural” (Leo is Hispanic, Hazel is African American, Frank is Asian). As a librarian, it is so incredibly awesome to see that in middle grade/young adult fiction. You go Rick!

I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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