OfSorts: DEMONS SHEMONS

OfSorts: DEMONS SHEMONS – (a review, of sorts)

Author: K.B. DRAPER

http://www.kbdraper.com

A delightful, well-written, lighthearted, and humorous romp!

I am not a person who normally reads about demons and devils and such. In fact, I almost missed out on one of my favorite book series because it had ‘devil’ in the title. I admit to being a bit of a prude, and a scaredycat. What can I say?

I am happy to report, I was not overly anxious(most of the time), and ! laughed… a LOT.

Demons SHEmons is a cauldron of genres, seasoned with romance, and spiced with humor and tension. It was, for me, a fun and easy read.

P.S. For those keeping track of such things, this was a very ‘clean’ read. I only noticed two dropped words, and one transposed word.  That’s almost immaculate! (I’m beginning think dropped words are a rite of passage for writers. Rarely do I find a book without at least one, lol.) Kudos to the author and to the editor.

The book blurb:

Most people come home with a window sticker, a shot glass, or a bottle opener cleverly disguised as a key chain from their summer vacations, not Addison Jo Mattox (a.k.a. AJ, if you want to keep your front teeth). Nope, instead of hitting a three-for-ten T-shirt shop like a good tourist, AJ drunkenly stumbled into a sacred Native American Indian ritual and accidentally inherited an ancient hunter spirit.

Now AJ, the hunter spirit, whom she lovingly named Norm, and Danny, Norm’s rightful heir, wander the country fighting demons that escape from Hell to enjoy this world’s lavish all-you-can-eat soul buffet.

A national park in Mississippi is the next stop on their traveling shit show because someone or something (spoiler alert: it’s totally a demon) is killing residents of a nearby small town. But demons aren’t the only thing AJ and Danny have to contend with this go around. Throw in a self-righteous, holier-than-thou reverend, his dick-for-brains son, a not-so-sure-what-side-of-the-law-she’s-on sheriff and a super-sexy, do-jiggly-things-to-your-naughty-bits park ranger and well, AJ just might find herself in a battle that she’s not prepared for … love.

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Turbulence by E.J. Noyes

Here’s something to get you into the mood for celebration, … and reading!

Les Rêveur

My Review

This wasn’t the story I was expecting when I started ‘Turbulence’ but I must say it really caught me hook, line and sinker and I could’t put it down.

Isabelle Rhodes is a very successful and wealthy co-owner of one of the best stockbroking companies in New York. She travels frequently and when her new pilot on her private jet, Audrey Graham, also turns out to be the one night stand from the night before, she starts to panic. Isabelle cannot stop thinking about Audrey and their night together and it seems Audrey can’t either. They formulate a no strings arrangement but when the chemistry is this good, is it every that easy?

The book is written completely in from Isabelle’s point of view. This style is not always my favourite style of writing but E.J Noyes seems to really nail it just like she did in her…

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OfSorts: The Small Step Journey – a review, of sorts

The Small Step Journey

Author: Chris Parsons

https://cparsonsauthor.wordpress.com//

Every journey begins with a step. Some would have you believe the destination is more important than the journey one travels to get there. Either way, Chris invites you on hir journey of multiple steps through this journey of life. There are mountains and valleys; love gained, lost, evolved; great loss and gain; walks on the beach, and even lessons taught and learned from hir grasshopper(child).

Each poem, each stanza is guaranteed to take you on steps you may have experienced in your own journey, or help you empathize with those who have travelled these not always easy roads.

Walk a mile in hir moccasins.

A BIG Piece of the Pie

I had a fantastic time this Father’s Day weekend. I went to Jacksonville to visit my Dad and spend precious time with him, and this allowed me to be closer to the book signing event I was to attend in Tallahassee.  Being at Dad’s cut my travel time in half, from four hours to two. That made the weekend even more awesome!

I headed over to Tallahassee amid scattered showers, but all in all, the roads were clear and the traffic was light. Not very scenic, no hills and valleys in Florida, but overall, a nice drive. I arrived with plenty of time to spare, The store wasn’t open for business yet, so I went to a local coffee shop and scored a donut and iced coffee, YUM. As I said, I arrived early, unlike Riley Scott and her lovely wife Heather #lesbianfabio, lol. (Guess which one is Heather,lol)

M.E and #lesbianfabio

They live further into the Florida Panhandle, and did not realize that they would be crossing a time zone. That’s right! Some of Florida is in a different time zone. Imagine that! Good thing they left extra early, and so still managed to arrive on time.

There was an awesome lineup of writers signing books. I dosed up on allergy medicine and prepared to dive in. No, I’m not allergy to bookstores and lesbians, but you know … lesbians, and …cats. The cat part is not good for me. Sorry kitties! kitty

Becky Harmon, known to many as Becky Arbogast(she thought that was too much of a mouthful, so took the pseudonym), but known to most as Becky from Bella. Becky writes romance, and thrillers with romance. I opted for the thriller/romance, Tangled Mark.

Mercedes Lewis, believe it or not, I was the debut writer, with only one book. I’ve got to do something about that soon! Oh, I didn’t purchase that one. I already have it!

M.E. Logan, who has also been writing for quite a while and is with Bella also. I selected Lexington Connection. Have you seen that cover?

Riley Scott, a lovely young writer from Bella, whose work you should check out if you haven’t. I can’t wait to read Backstage Pass.

Sheila Ortiz-Taylor, an icon in lesbian literature, used to write for the formidable Barbara Grier with Naiad. Check out her back catalogue, and her current books with Spinsters Ink. I picked up Assisted Living. I was in awe of meeting her, and to be signing with her, just wow!

The venue was lovely and spacious, and the staff was phenomenal. The store looks like a university library, teeming with new and old books. They accept books from customers, and, I actually heard the staff calling people on a wait list for used books to come in. Darn!  I wanted Hidden Figures and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I wanted those books! I should have checked the bag first, lol. No, I would try to skip the waitlist customers, but I must admit that I did think it for a second. Hey! I’m only human.  …and books.

We met the owner, who may be the only person on the planet who likes purple as much or more than I do!  They even put your purchases in a lovely purple cloth bag.

We had a nice crowd trickling in,

in spite of major downpour, thunder and lightning. Guess who saw, and who heard,lol. It happened just as I snapped the shot. Scary AND loud!

Thunder and Lightening

I sold 10 books. OF POETRY. Awesome! Because, you know, no one (purportedly) likes poetry.

Afterward we got together before our drives back to different corners of the state and had a nice pizza meal. I have never seen slices this size. I missed the food photo op, but this is the box, and the slice filled it up!

PizzaBox2

PizzaBox

It was great time, I can’t wait for the next signing.

OfSorts: The Dead Guy – a review, of sorts

The Dead Guy

Author: Taylor James

http://www.TaylorJamesWrites.com

I could tell something about this author right away, before even opening the book; she has a sense of humor. Any mystery book titled The Dead Guy HAS to have humor, right?

Well, Taylor James did not disappoint with the subtle, often dry humor of her characters. I generally don’t like books that begin, and are told with ‘I’, but, the style lends well to a mystery, and invites you to be a part of the action, rather than a voyeur looking in.

At one point I was worried about continuity, because Sydney, the main character, did not mention her broken hand, or the cast for a while, so I thought it was a ‘lost thread’. After all, she did get it tripping over the dead guy. Then, when it came up again, I realized it was perfect! Someone who has a broken limb or cast does not mention it every moment, and anyone with eyes can see that it is damaged. I was also worried about whatever was under the porch. Sydney assumed it was a dog. After a while I worried that it might be a wild animal, or even the killer. (I have a very active imagination, lol.)

It’s a mystery, so I won’t give away any clues, or plot points, but suffice to say, it was an enjoyable ride, getting to ‘who done it’, and why.  Awesome twist and surprise at the conclusion, for me.

Great plot, fully developed secondary characters(even the old ladies), good laughs, possible romance, and a good mystery?  Yep, all of that!  I thoroughly enjoyed this light mystery. This was an easy, and fun read.