Saturday, February 8, 2020


A couple of years ago I started doing paint by number. The paint by numbers that are available now are nothing like the ones I had when I was a kid. These are large, complicated pieces that are real pieces of art. But, after doing several I started wanting to explore other types of art. I started drawing and using colored pencils. The first piece below is one example.

Then I discovered the Art Sherpa. The first piece below I used techniques that I learned but expanded upon them. The other pieces I followed tutorials on her YouTube videos. I have really enjoyed painting and hope to sell some of my own soon. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Seven Wishes

This is the first book in the Caelum Academy trilogy. All three books are out, but I haven't continued on to those just yet.

Here is an excerpt from the blurb:

Caelum: an Academy built to protect people like Eve.
Who they can't protect her from?
Its own student body.

With the influx of so many reverse harem and academy series (and reverse harem academy series) it is difficult to discern the differences between many of them. This one has some unusual premises to it, much of which leaves me with soooo many questions. It is certainly different from what I have encountered in the past, and I'm still not sure about whether I like this take on the paranormal world. However, I am intrigued enough to continue the series.

Seven Wishes (The Caelum Academy Trilogy, #1)Seven Wishes by Serena Akeroyd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 starts, but I rounded up because I'm intrigued.

The premise of this read is interesting, but leaves me with sooooo many questions. Eve has been recruited for Caelum Academy and essentially rescued by the cult she was raised in. She learns that those like her (creatures) have 7 souls that are fighting for dominance and when she matures one will be the dominant soul. These are vampire, hell hound, sin eater, gargoyle, succubus, Lorelei, and were. This is where my confusion starts, and maybe I am just over thinking things. But how is a person that is born to "normal" parents born a creature? It is alluded that genetics play a role, but wouldn't someone in your immediate family hold those genetics? Maybe I'm just used to stories where weres are born to were families, vampires come from vampires, and fae or demonic entities or similar means create succubi, etc. And that is only the tip of the question iceberg. But I don't want to spoil things.

I like the characters. Eve is struggling to come to terms with what she is. And the guys in her life are flawed and real. I do want to see where this story is headed so I will be continuing the series. The world building is also unique. I haven't read anything that is set close to Nigeria. However I feel like Eve does: there is just so much I don't understand.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1)Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book deserves much more than 5 stars. I would give it 10 or 20.....50. It was that good and I don't say that lightly.

I hardly have words to talk about this story. Callie and the Bargainer have a past, and through this past we see their life and their relationship develop like no other. Callie is a siren that is in need of help and the Bargain is there to strike a bargain. From that point their lives are never the same. Their story is woven together in perfect ebb and flow. The reader is drawn into a story that you don't ever want to leave. I would wake up at night thinking about these characters. And I can hardly wait to continue this story.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

A Stir of Bones

A Stir of Bones (Red Heart of Memories, #.5)A Stir of Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was absolutely heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time.

Susan who lives in a home full of secrets finally makes friends and finds a house with its own secrets. While this story is about children it is not a children's story. And the story is so gripping it is hard to put down. I wasn't ready for the story to end and I would like to know what happens with Susan and her family but from what I understand the second book does not pick up here.

This is a story full of magic, friendship, sadness and hope. My heart ached when it ended.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019


Venomous (Alien Warrior, #1)Venomous by Penelope Fletcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book! But I warn you that it is not for everyone. There is a lot of violence in different parts of the book. It is also a reverse-harem with alien partners and very long (650+ pages) but I hated to see it end.

Lumen is abducted by aliens and sold into slavery where she is deemed unworthy and given to the warrior that remains after a bloody fight to the death. With no way to communicate with the winner of the battle they have to find a way to communicate in order for her to survive. This is the beginning of her journey and it is a roller coaster ride from the very beginning. It certainly made me with that I could find my own four armed, reptilian alien hero.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Reverse Harem

The Reverse Harem genre is a fairly new but very popular genre, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. For those of you that are unfamiliar with reverse harem it is a one girl-multi boy-universe. But it is far more than mere romance. Authors have combined the reverse harem genre with other genres and that equals AWESOME!!!

Author C.L. Stone was the first reverse harem author that I read, and she quickly got me hooked on the series. The Ghost Bird series is a young adult reverse harem/mystery and Sang Sorenson is drawn into the world of the Academy by 9 guys that become her world. There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding Sang and Ashley Waters, the school she attends. The series isn't finished yet, and I, for one, am not ready for it to end.

Other series, like Curse of the Gods and Last Hope, are not young adult and contain sexual content (so be warned) but they are no less awesome for being adult. Curse of the Gods is fantasy and Last Hope is religious fantasy. Both are great series.

The few series that I have mentioned here are by no means the only examples of reverse harem. Like any genre, some reads are naturally better than others and everyone has their own tastes. If you have yet to experience the reverse harem you should reach out of your comfort zone and pick one up.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Shadow of a KingThe Shadow of a King by C.M. Gray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a 5 star + read. LOVE!LOVE!LOVE!

This is a wonderful telling of a time in the life of Uther Pendragon, High King of Britain and father of the famous King Arthur. History comes to life in this story, full of rich characters and settings. We are drawn into this story as Uther is telling about events in his past to Morgana. Full of the magic of druids, knights and battles, and the answers to questions that we have all wondered about.

I certainly hope this is not the last installment in the Shadowlands series. I want to know more about King Uther and Merlin and all the other wonderful characters that we have met. Both this read and the previous are awesome and highly recommended to lovers of fantasy.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Consequences, Book #4 of the Chronicles of M

Consequences (Chronicles of M, #4)Consequences by Nicholas Forristal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved it of course!

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This entire series has been such a fun read so far, and this installment is no exception. There is so much going on in this series. Its X-men with a dash of mortal combat and a good dose of comic book heroes. There is a lot of action, humor, mystery, and a lot of science fiction thrown in for good measure. I have always said this series would make a great graphic novel series.

Many of the previous characters, especially M, have returned but we are introduced to a few new ones as well. But to prevent spoilers I will leave it at that.

If you enjoyed the first three you should continue with this one. If you haven't read the first three you should definitely give it a shot if you love an action packed, sci-fi page turner.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Deep Blue

Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1)Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I want to thank my daughter for introducing me to this series as it was my Xmas present. I haven't read many books in the mermaid genre and none that I have liked very well except for this series. This book was certainly much more than the cover reveals.

Serafina is the princess on the eve of the ceremony that marks her as worthy of one day bearing the crown. She is having dreams where the Iele are calling her for a quest. The Iele are freshwater witches that are supposedly a myth. Thus begins her quest and great adventure full of danger, friendship, history, mythology, and romance. Its also full of true life information concerning the state of the world's seas and its inhabitants caused by human pollutants and overfishing.

Its true that the story is full of puns and plays on words (keep in mind it IS a young adult book) but its also full of fun, adventure, and some very real truths. I loved the range of characters from all ethnicities, personalities, and some interesting traits and abilities. Overall a very fun read and I can't wait to read the next installment.

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