Friday, July 29, 2016

All that testing I had done. The results...

Hi all. I wanted to hold off on sharing any great details until I had some sort of hard core idea what was going on, and that I hadn't talked to my kiddo about any of it yet either. You know kids, they are always online and didn't want him finding out that way, I wanted to talk to him. So now that I have talked to him and have a few more details I'll share.

It seems I'll be going in for surgery. Let me start at the beginning.

It all goes back to the mammogram. There was a spot found. So there was an ultrasound and a biopsy (as biopsies aren't to stress over because many woman go back for them, they are still NO fun). Nothing showed up cancerous or abnormal at this point, which I have little faith in biopsies as they don't tell the story of the whole presence. They did diagnose it as a Radial Scar.

What is a radial scar? Good question. I'm still not 100% sure and it seems the doctors aren't either. There is no lump. They don't know what causes these in woman. But they believe this is/could be a precursor to cancer. It's in a star shape with ends that reach out, but no hard center like with cancer.

So the doctors at the imaging place suggested it be removed. I wasn't thrilled with that as they didn't sound 100% sure what it was. So I went to a specialist, a breast cancer surgeon. She talked with me, easing my irritation at the other doctors that jump to surgery, and said not all radial scars need to be removed. There was one more test to be done, an MRI with contrast. If it glowed in the contrast as the cells were acting differently, then that was when they suggest removal otherwise you are clear (probably keep an eye on it over years though).

So I got into the noisy, knocking machine and rested for forty minutes. The doctor called with my results the next business day. It seems that the tissue of the radial scar is acting abnormally. It glowed differently in the contrast, which means it needs to be removed. So now I'm scheduling surgery.

Is it cancerous? I don't know. Back to the biopsy, there was no abnormal cells or cancer cells found. They will test it when they remove it and let me know for sure. She seems to think it'll be benign, but won't know until it's out and tested.

Could it become cancer if I don't remove it? Who knows. It seems the cells are acting abnormal and those are the ones that can turn cancerous over time. So maybe? As an added note, there is history of breast cancer in the family, so maybe this was the starts of it. I really don't know.

The catch is there is no lump with this disobedient tissue. So I'll need to have a radiation seed inserted while having a mammogram. This way she can find the area to remove with the use of a Geiger counter. She'll remove that seed, the marker from biopsy, and the radial scar in surgery. It sounds to be a quick surgery done through outpatient. So I'll be home the same day and back to normal activity the next day, though no strenuous exercise for 10-14 days.

Why am I posting this? I have been vague about the tests and things going on with me so I wanted to clarify. You all have become good friends and I appreciate your patience with me of the last year or so with all going on in the family. There are those of you who ask about my kiddo and how things are going. Thank you, because it means a lot to hear from people who care.

Also, I don't know if this will help another going through the same thing. I struggled to find facts about radial scars. I know online you can find anything in any direction you are looking for. But for me, it didn't seem there was any hard fact about radial scars and relation to cancer, it all varies on who's doing the testing and drawing of conclusions. And it seems to still be a bit new as I couldn't find much online about it that felt clear in what was said.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cover Reveals I Missed, but still wanted to share.

Sometimes life happens fast and we miss sharing things we love. Well, I've missed a few cover reveals but I wanted to share them with you anyway. So if you've seen them, you see them again. ;)

Here we go!


Hidden Deception by Colleen Helme
Due Out: August 12, 2016
Book 9 in the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series
Just back from Paris, Shelby barely has time to get over her jet lag before she is right back in the thick of things. Uncle Joey, the local mob boss, needs her help to find out what his son is hiding from him. Detective Harris, AKA Dimples, has an unsolved homicide on his hands, along with a missing engagement ring. Shelby's husband, Chris, just got promoted to partner in his law firm, and she has yet to see his new office or meet his new secretary. Add to that the opportunity to purchase a beautiful home, and Shelby is racing from one thing to the next while trying to keep them all straight.

When a courier in Uncle Joey’s organization turns up dead, it’s up to Shelby and her mind-reading powers to find out who killed him and why. The house Shelby wants to buy has a few problems that go beyond the building code, and the murder she’s helping Dimples solve has ties to Chris’ law firm. Even using all of her skills, Shelby finds one hidden deception after another. And if she’s not careful, it might be the one she least expects that will kill her.

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Tempered Hearts by S.A. Huchton
Due Out: August 8, 2016
The war against corrupted monsters from the Void may have ended, but much remains broken in Valentia, including its reluctant monarch. To save the kingdom from the destruction of civil war, Darius Marillion had to sacrifice his heart, agreeing to a marriage of convenience over one of love.

Lady Arden Tanarian was born to wealth, bred to be a fine wife to a high lord. Despite her mother's best efforts, however, her passion for the decidedly unladylike fields of chemistry and elvish culture marks her as a different breed of woman. Though she's always been able to see the bright side of things, Arden's hopes for her life with the dashing, but sullen prince crumble around her in learning where his heart truly lies.

Dubbed The Light of Valentia, Arden has a mystifying effect on the world around her. She inspires something in people— including Darius— that he thought he'd never feel again: Hope.

Bonds of the heart forged in battle are strong, but time changes much. When the flames of war fade to low embers, peace in a kingdom can reveal love in the most unexpected places.

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Secrets of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps
Due Out: NOW!
Merciless, the Supervillain without Mercy (TM), is back with even bigger problems! How far will he go to fix his wife's current state of being a soulless vampire? Can he ignore his growing feelings for Cindy, despite their difference over the new Star Wars movie? Can he survive the wrath of the president of the United States (whom he accidentally stole billions from)?

While he ponders those personal issues, Death has a new mission for him. The greatest hero on Earth has killed, and she isn't pleased. Death wants the murder solved and the perpetrator given the kind of justice only the Avatar of Death can dish out. Unfortunately for Gary, that's only the tip of the psychotic iceberg.

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Wraith Knight by C.T. Phipps
Due Out: November 6, 2016
The King Below, Enemy of the World, is dead. Will his successor save the world...or rule it?

Jacob Riverson was once the greatest hero of an age. Cut down during what should have been the final battle against the King Below, he was condemned to centuries of torment as a Wraith Knight in the service of said monster. With the destruction of his master, Jacob finds his free will returning and discovers he is in a world torn by civil war between the King Below's former slaves and the heroes who "saved" them.

Joining forces with the overly-idealistic but brilliant warrior Regina Whitetremor, Jacob must determine whether he has any place in the new world and whether his destiny is as a hero or monster. Or both.

Wraith Knight is book one of the Three Worlds saga by C.T. Phipps.

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All these books are right up my alley! I need to have them all. :D

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Audio Book Review: Dead of Night

Dead of Night

By:  M.R. Forbes

Publish Date:  May 17, 2014, Audiobook Release August 14, 2014

Format:  Audiobook - 9 hrs 53 mins
Narrated By:  Jeff Hays

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st in Ghosts & Magic series

First Impression:  A necromancer for hire who wants to live, but has one foot in the grave.

Synopsis:
Small-time thief and hitman Conor Night thinks having terminal cancer is his worst problem. The illegal treatments keeping him alive are expensive, and the side effects a mixed bag:

Conor can raise the dead.

When a low-end hit points to a high-end job, Conor is suspicious, but it's an opportunity he can't afford to ignore. Armed with a set of soul-sucking ancient dice, a collection of corpses, and the estranged daughter of one of the most powerful wizards on Earth, it will take all of his wit, charm, and magic to navigate the treacherous world of the dominant Houses and either finish the job, or be finished himself.

He's got ninety-nine problems, and dying is only one.

First Sentence:
I approached the door on my elbows, dragging myself like some kind of mutant lizard along the stained brown carpet that lined the eighth floor hallway of the Hotel Paramour.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles

Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I requested a copy of this book from the narrator, author, or publisher for my enjoyment and an honest review.

On a job, Conor Night hears of another job paying two million dollars. That was a lot of money. More than his current job to kill the two men that were offered the job. After finishing his current job, Conor asks about the job. The Fixer gives it to him, but Conor has 48 hours to finish and contact him and Mr. Black or a kill team will be after him, and being a necromancer won't make a difference to them. What seemed to be a simple theft job turns out to be more, and the different powerful Houses are involved. Conor finds himself on the run while protecting another, yet fighting back against beings that shouldn't be.

I do enjoy the vast cast of voices Jeff performs in his narrations. That's the first thing that drew me to this novel, the second was it sounded like something I would read and enjoy. Jeff has not let me down with his talented voice. Not only do we get different voices but we get the muffled sounds of one talking without a jaw (you have to listen to understand) along with sounding like one is on the phone when doing so. Jeff breaths life into all the characters in a fourth dimension we don't always get in books, through voice and emotions.

Wow. This world is vast in creatures and beings and magic. There is a system to the Houses that ruled in the magical ways. And lots of ghosts, though I did get confused as to who are ghosts and not, and what ghost meant here. I'm leaving the book believing ghost isn't exactly what we think of with ghost. I think Ghost is a term used for people who are affiliated with magic, touched by it some how or for those that are hired to do theft jobs along with assassinations.

Conor is motivated by money, so he'll survive and send money to those he care(d) about. But he does have his own set of rules and morels too. Will he turn on his current employer to save his own neck? Or does he have something else up his baggy sleeves? You'll have to read to see what he'll do when put on the spot. Conor is an interesting character as he's a necromancer, and to be one you have to have one foot in the grave, so to speak. Conor is dying. That's when the necromancer ability shines along with the use of the drugs he needs to hold off the cancer from finishing it's work. He could always feel the pulse of the fields that brought magic back to the world, but that was all until he started the test drugs for his cancer.

The reason for magic being present in the world is interesting and feels well thought out. We get the descriptions are given through the book.

I think the jury is still out on this book and world. I'm just don't feel I understand what's happening in the world with ghosts and magic completely yet. We get some of the rules, but I'm not sure I understand it all yet. There is much here to see and learn, and with Conor being a hired gun or thief, there is great potential for us to see more of this powerful world.

In the end, I'm curious about this dark, magical world created. We get the complete story here but there are small openings in the world that could bring us to the series and to learn much much more about Conor and some answers he's seeking.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review: The Demons We See

The Demons We See

By:  Krista D. Ball

Publish Date:  June 12, 2016

Format:  eARC

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st in The Dark Abyss Of Our Sins series

First Impression:  Characters I've fallen in love with as they tax their beliefs in the unavoidable disputes & pending war between enslaved mages and normal humans.

Synopsis:
Society was rocked when the Church asked Allegra, Contessa of Marsina, to negotiate the delicate peace talks between the rebelling mage slaves and the various city states. Not only was she a highborn mage, she was a nonbeliever and a vocal objector against the supposed demonic origins of witchcraft. Demons weren’t real, she’d argued, and therefore the subjection of mages was unlawful.
But that was all before the first assassination attempt. That was before Allegra began to hear the strange whispers in the corridors. That was before everything changed. Now, Allegra, and her personal guards race to stabilize the peace before the entire known world explodes into war with not just itself, but with the abyss from beyond.
So much for demons not being real.

First Sentence:
He listened helplessly as the royal guards stormed into the great foyer of the estate.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I requested a copy of this book for an honest review.

Allegra's letter to the Holy father asking to find an Arbiter that can help stop wars instead of more tension results in her being brought further into a world she strives to stay away from. To stop the rebellion of the mages against the people who have enslaved them, hoping to prevent an all out war between the states that the country couldn't survive, Allegra takes the position she knows will destroy her in the end. But she can't stand seeing the injustice any longer and accepts the position as Arbiter. Allegra will fight many hatreds and prejudices against mages and elementals, to be threatened again and again, to bring freedom and peace to all. Allegra also learns that the stories of the demons locked out of this word is true. Allegra will have to trust those she never thought she would, hoping they won't turn on her, to help keep her greatest secret and fight against threats of man and demon.

Krista starts us off quick with the brutal reality of the elementals - witches and mages. They stay in hiding and never show their ability for they will be sent to the mines or worse, killed. We see Walter fleeing from an underground network of tunnels in what was thought a safe house, until the General and his troops arrive to take in the Lady of the home as a needed elemental. This sets the stage of how mages and elementals are treated and the feel of why a rebellion is stewing.

Krista has done well creating a cast of characters I enjoy reading. They all interact well together and have sense of humor. I do enjoy this in Krista's writing and I read though the book faster. We start off with a small moment that made me smile about looking for the Captains' button in the stable. This sets the personalities of the crew I come to enjoy. And Pope Francois's husband, Pero, feels to have a light felt humor I enjoyed but he's also very emotional feeling about how things should be.

Krista has a masterful touch to her writing. She easily blends fun with serious topics. This story is much more than meets the eye when you start it. It centers around slavery and treatment of slaves. The slaves are those who are accused of being elementals and mages, this does not always mean they are as people get mad at someone and this is their way to have them eliminated. The world fears them and sees them as different so they are cruel and worse to all people who are, or are thought to fall, in the mage category. Allegra helps to free those like her, mages and elementals. She wants to educate the poor born mages so they can control their powers and do more than what they are forced to do.

Allegra is in a position and ranking that she might be able to help those she's been trying to with her money for years. She's a contessa and a mage, with a bigger secret. But she fears for her own control of her ability and what will be done to her if they find out her secret. She tries to help from the sidelines, but quickly learns that's not the same as doing what can be done in the open. I do enjoy her spark and drive though. She's a brilliant woman and it shows in her discussions...minor disputes...with others.

I am absolutely and totally invested in these characters! This book held my attention, and kept me coming back. I enjoyed the interactions of the characters. We have Allegra and Captain Stanton who both have pasts and secrets they don't want anyone to know about. Then there's Lex and Dodd, two lieutenants in charge under Stanton. They are a hoot when they appear on the page. I have enjoyed them both throughout the book. Lex is a different character for me to read, special in his own way. Lex seems to be many people in one and references himself as they. I really like that Lex is different, and accepted. All these relationships grow and strengthen with Allegra as the story goes, and my love for them all grows as well.

There is a growing love that we witness through the book. And it feels natural and innocent. I loved this creation through all they live through. This is a couple that should be together!

The ending had me neeeeeding the next book. I get the feel the world has destroyed the one thing that can help them in the dire times that are to come, and those that treated these people terribly are going to regret it. I sooooo am looking forward to The Nightmares We Know.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Post #137

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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And we are back to Sunday. This week felt slow, and I think this coming week will feel the same way. Another of my co-workers will be on vacation this week. That makes for a tough week at the office when we are down one person, there are only three of us. So I'm hoping the phone calls are on the low end of the spectrum and I can still listen to my audio books.

I've been working on re-writes pretty good this week. I don't know if I'll finish the book by the end of July as I had hoped, but I will hit the 50k word mark. My counting goes by the words I read and added. I use this method to count as I am not reading at a fast pace. When I read I'm thinking about what needs to be added, how does this affect where the story is going, and how do I make it sound or fit better. This ends in words deleted and words added, here or somewhere else, to clarify and fit it together. Surprisingly, I'm having fun with this!

I took a few more pictures this week. They were of my son in his suit for senior pictures. He seemed so excited to pose for me! lol. It was great! I do have those added to my picture page (Spellbound in a Flash) linked below.

I had one more test on Friday in regards to the same thing that's been going on since May. I'm thinking the results will be good and that will be the end of it, after seeing the doctor, but I still have to wait and see. Once I get these results I think I can share more details of what's been going on. I just didn't want to share information to get anyone worried over nothing.

So, now we head into a new week with high hopes. Hope you all have a great week!

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... I got 1 day of exercise in last weeks. This week the session went better with my allergies and all. But I only made one day.*sigh* I just don't seem to get all the things done in a day or week.

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

I'm also working on Content Editing Work as well.

Current Audiobook:
Will start a new one at work on Monday


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)
Alight by Scott Sigler (You can listen for free too! One episode, a few chapters, a week!)


Finished Last Week: 
The Demons We See by Krista D. Ball

Audiobooks from Audible:
Dead of Night by M.R. Forbes
Fast Money by Colleen Helme


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing

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Last Week on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)




Posts:

What I'm sharing at: Spellbound in a Flash - A photography album/record of my own images.
One Picture, Several Views

I've also been slowly updating my Portfolio Page. You can check out the categories and new images in it.


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
Struck by Amanda Carlson

"Emma is new to audio for me and she did a wonderful job. I'm a huge fan of narrators doing different voices, tones, and attitudes when narrating secondary characters. Emma does that, giving each character their own voice and personality vocally, making them easy to differentiate as she narrates."


Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I'm back to two reviews a week for a few weeks, until I get caught up with reads and listens. Hope you stop by to check them out! :)

I have 2 reviews to come this week.


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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:



Audio Books Requested for Review:
Queen Mab: A Tale Entwined with William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by Kate Danley
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Goodreads Synopsis:
"Oh then I see Queen Mab hath been with you..."

Everyone knows Romeo & Juliet, but what if it isn't the whole story? What if Queen Mab, mentioned in only one speech in the entire play, is actually responsible for all the tragedy about to strike the Houses of Montague and Capulet? And her love for Mercutio the key to everything...

Weaving Shakespeare's original text into a new story, fans of The Woodcutter will love this latest retelling by award-winning author Kate Danley. Experience the romance of Romeo & Juliet from a different point of view - through the eyes of the bringer of dreams... Queen Mab.




Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:




Audio:




Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Atomic Underworld: Volume Two by Jack Conner
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The conclusion to the two-part Atomic Underworld storyline, which follows Tavlin Metzler through the mutant-filled sewers beneath Hissig. Atomic Underworld take place in the same world as The Atomic Sea. 

Keep your eyes on the shadows ...
Washed-up professional gambler Tavlin Metzler is done working with the shadowy criminal network that lurks beneath the city streets, but when a brutal and mysterious set of murders occurs in the very bedroom of his old mob boss, Tavlin gets drawn back into the mix. In the world of the Atomic Sea, mutants thrive--fish-people, lobster-people, turtle-people--the list goes on. But in the country of Ghenisa, many of them are disenfranchised and relegated to life in the vast, alien sewers beneath the capital city of Hissig.
There Tavlin is taken by Boss Vassas's goons and given an edict by the Boss himself: find out who (or what) committed the crimes . . . or else. In no time, Tavlin is hip-deep in danger, dodging spies, cultists, mobsters, monsters and more sewer mutants than he can shake a foul-smelling stick at. But things get really complicated when Sophia, his old flame, shows up.
Atomic Underworld: Part Two is the conclusion to a two-part set of steampunk, horror and fantasy adventure novels by internationally bestselling author Jack Conner. If you like action-packed storytelling, Lovecraftian horrors, and unique twists and turns you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Jack Conner’s incredible mix of fantasy, adventure, mystery and espionage.
Rise of the Dragon by Morgan Rice
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

When Kyra comes of age and the local lord comes to take her away, her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she journeys out on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever. 

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the magical source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever.

With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, RISE OF THE DRAGONS is a sweeping saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, destiny, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, of ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders.

Glistens by Chess Desalls
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Marian Spritz won’t gain guardian fairy status if she fails her summer school project. But when she hears a call for help—a song felt only by Glistens—she must choose between not letting her schoolwork and teammates suffer and protecting a ward who faces grave danger.

A guardian can't shine without the song of her ward.

Cursed by J.A. Cipriano
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Goodreads Synopsis:
My name is Mac Brennan and that's the only thing I can remember about myself. Not why I woke up in a dumpster. Not why my right arm is as black as pitch and covered in glowing red tattoos, and certainly not why a vicious death cult is after me.

Actually, that last part isn't true. I know why the death cult is after me. It's because I saved that damned girl from them. I didn't know who she was at the time, but I'd have done it anyway. I just don't like it when girls get beat up, call me old fashioned.

Still, I can tell she's hiding something behind those devilish eyes, and if I want to find out what it is, I'll have to help her.

My name is Mac Brennan. I have no memory, and I'm a werewolf-hunting, hellfire-flinging version of Faust himself. 



(On my Nook)




Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Solomon's Seal by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Demons We See by Krista D. Ball
Dead of Night by M.R. Forbes
Fast Money by Colleen Helme

Monday, July 18, 2016

Audio Book Review: Struck

Struck

By:  Amanda Carlson

Publish Date:  May 24, 2016

Format:  eARC

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st in Phoebe Meadows series

First Impression:  Modern day girl collides with the worlds of mythological gods, demi-gods, and creatures.

Synopsis:
When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.

Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.

After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…

First Sentence:
I blinked open my eyes to find two concerned faces hovering above me.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I requested a copy of this book for an honest review.

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I read the book, and enjoyed it. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to listen to it as I've become a huge fan of audio books lately. And this one ranked well in my list.

Emma is new to audio for me and she did a wonderful job. I'm a huge fan of narrators doing different voices, tones, and attitudes when narrating secondary characters. Emma does that, giving each character their own voice and personality vocally, making them easy to differentiate as she narrates. My attention was drawn to the story's details when I heard a new voice come to live in the narration, drawing the world with words and voice. If Phoebe was whispering or thinking, we get a softer feel to Emma's voice, portraying the feel for us. Emma's cadence is measured so we clearly hear all the words, but the emotion in her voice brings the moment alive for us, relaying the feel of fear or anger. As the story goes we hear different emotions of Phoebe through Emma as she becomes the character. I love that she did different voices for the different creatures...demons... and more that appear in the world and talk.

I think I enjoyed the book much more in audio than reading. I got the feel of all the characters vocally along with the words written. Also the middle that seems long when reading, did not have as long of a feel to me in the audio version.

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Full review that still stands true for me with the book and characters:

Phoebe thought New York was dangers, until she gets a glimpse into the life of Asgard.

Phoebe is struck by electricity at her day job at Macy's. She's tossed into the whirlwind world of Asgard and more as the shock was sent to awaken her Valkyrie side. Phoebe comes to grips with crazy notion that the mythological gods and creatures really do exist with a first hand experience of the terrible pain they can inflict. Yet, she finds Fen who helps her at every turn when he doesn't have to. With Fen's help she returns to New York where her and Ingrid were separated, just to learn now she must find her way to the Valkyrie stronghold.

Phoebe is dropped into the dangerous mythical world of Asgard and beings of power to learn about them. Her way through it, is the rough way. By rough I mean painful and deadly. But in all the pain she suffers, she finds one person that helps her. Fenrir  the wolf. Fen, as Phoebe has taken to calling him, is trapped in a different world and those wanting Phoebe dead send demons and more after her, drawing the two closer to each other.

Fen... Mmmm. He is a hot catch! Fen sounds delicious but he's also the strength that Phoebe needs at her side too. He's old in human terms but he know much of the Asgard ways and beings. Without knowing it, he's teaching Phoebe about his world as they come across dangers.

I love that Phoebe is an honest person. She's not hiding information from Fen. Well, maybe one piece of information, but that will have to come out. Right? Even if it's not verified yet. Phoebe trusts Fen and doesn't want to lose the one person that's helped her in this crazy new world. I love how Phoebe is determined to keep her friends with her and all are to stay safe. This is a strong will that I find great in a character.

A modern day girl trying to make a living has collided with the mythical world of gods, demi-gods, demons, the hags, and many more powerful creatures. Phoebe is stronger than she ever thought, and will have to fight to not be a victim, and she's determined to do just that. A great story of Phoebe coming to her power but still needing to understand it, but she suffers along the way realizing she is more and can do much more than she thought. She comes across many things and people, but she knows she has much ahead of her to set straight the prophecy that the Norn (the three hags) will do anything to stop, including kill her.

This book is the beginning for Phoebe. She never knew of the mythical world or valkyries, demons, demigods, and more. Her eyes are opened to the world that exists parallel to the one she grew up in. We get to see, with Phoebe, the dangers present and why they want her. This story is Phoebe learning who and what she is, and accepting it to live. I'm curious to see how Phoebe grows in the books to come, now that she finally has seen the truth. I didn't feel as drawn to Phoebe in this book, but I wasn't turned off either. I liked what a saw and I'm wanting to see it grow with each book. We have a cast of characters that have their own troubles and complications that could conflict with each other, but they have knowledge and power between them that will come in handy.

The action that Amanda is known for writing is present in this book as well! There are terrible troubles at every turn that Phoebe has to face, along with decisions to make. If you enjoy Amanda's Jessica McClain series, you'll love this one too!



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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Post #136

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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And it's another week gone. Why does it feel so short when at work yet so fast when I'm here at Sunday?

Not much to share in my little piece of the world. I had planned on getting some re-writes done yesterday... and that didn't happen. I ended up working on my photo blog to get a portfolio set up. And I'm still working on it. I talked to my mom and she has a friend that does weddings, so if I can get my portfolio finished she'll send it to her to see if she can use an extra set of eyes. It's hard to get through the world these days and I can use any extra money I can get.

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... I got 1 day of exercise in last weeks. With being sick and this cough, it went okay. I had a trainer session and ended up having troubles with breathing. Darn heavy air here and allergies.

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
The Demons We See by Krista D. Ball
I'm also working on Content Editing Work as well.

Current Audiobook:
Dead of Night by M.R. Forbes
Will start a new one at work on Monday


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)
Alight by Scott Sigler (You can listen for free too! One episode, a few chapters, a week!)


Finished Last Week: 
xxx by xxx

Audiobooks from Audible:
Struck by Amanda Carlson



Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing

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Last Week on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)




Posts:
Photography Anyone?

I've started a new venture in blogging: Spellbound in a Flash - A photography album/record of my own images.


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
The Ghost Rebellion by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
"I love that we have a couple that still function and interact as individuals paired together. They are who they are and love each other for that reason. Eliza and Wellington still banter and make me smile as they go through their missions, but they are more to each other as well. I enjoy writing of couples in this way."


Icarus by Matt Verish
"Becoming criminals (willingly or not) makes for strange new friends and allies. The crew of ICV-71 becomes an awkward relationship as they all have different motives once they are known around the universe as criminals - some want to clear their name, others want to accomplish personal goals."



Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I'm back to two reviews a week for a few weeks, until I get caught up with reads and listens. Hope you stop by to check them out! :)

I have reviews to come this week. One that is scheduled for Monday and as soon as I finish what I'm working on, more to write and schedule.


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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:



Audio Books Requested for Review:
The Case of the Claw by Keith R.A. DeCandido
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The great metropolis of Super City is the home of dozens of costumed heroes: Spectacular Man, the Terrific Trio, the Bruiser, the Superior Six, and more.

This isn't their story...

When the heroes are done punching out the villains, it's left to the stalwart men and women of the Super City Police Department to restrain them, arrest them, and hope that this time there's enough evidence to actually convict them. 

SUPER CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
THE CASE OF THE CLAW

The mutated spree killer known as the Claw has returned, leaving bloody victims all over Super City. While Homicide detectives try to find out who the Claw really is, uniformed officers must deal with the Bolt's escape from the drunk tank, and the bumblings of aspiring hero Knight Dude. Meanwhile, the Superior Six claim they'll cooperate with the police and stop the Claw—but they're busy fighting the Brute Squad and stonewalling the cops. The SCPD must find out the Claw's deadly secret, before he claims another victim!





Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:




Audio:
The Wind and the Void by Ryan Kirk
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The invasion is here. Already decimated by civil war, the armies of the Three Kingdoms struggle desperately to mount a defense against a force stronger than any they have fought before. 

In the midst of the chaos the actions and choices of a select few will shape the future of the land. Akira prepares to give up his Lordship. Ryuu wanders the Southern Kingdom, searching for a reason to fight. Moriko sits quietly, biding her time before she leaves the Three Kingdoms for good. Finally, across the Three Sisters, Nameless fight to keep his fragile alliance of clans together. 

A new age is dawning in the Three Kingdoms. An age born in blood and sacrifice. An age shaped by the wind and the void. . .



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Descended from Dragons by Tracey Owens
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Goodreads Synopsis:
To save Sin City, she must battle Hell. Too bad the odds are against her. 

Beneath the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas lies another city. A secret city in plain sight, full of warlocks and demons, shapeshifters and golems. A city that feeds off the chance magick that is generated by gamblers and which is ruled by mysterious beings called the Oddsmakers. 

It is in this strange underbelly of the occult that Anne Moody runs a cursed pawn shop for the desperate, the curious, and the magickally inclined. Though the job is boring, it keeps her under the radar. None of her customers have any inkling that she is a dragon sorceress with a power that's been feared throughout history. One day, a visitor to her shop pawns a stone statue that is more than it appears. The statue is a gargoyle named Vale, who is shrouded in mystery and secrets. When she learns that Vale is possessed, and that the person responsible for cursing him plans to take over Las Vegas with a horde of demons from Hell, Anne realizes it is up to her to defy the Oddsmakers and save the city, and possibly the world.

A Demon Bound by Debra Dunbar
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It’s a relaxing break from her infernal home, as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won’t hesitate to execute her on sight.

But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels. And with angels, there is no second chance.
 

This Doesn't Happen In The Movies by Renee Pawlish
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction. 
A rich, attractive femme fatale. 
A missing husband. 
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending. 

Reed Ferguson’s first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed’s not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed’s computer geek friend, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart. 

Great for fans who love a fast-paced, humorous read, without a lot of swearing or sex. 

Gargoyle Knight by William Massa
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When his kingdom is threatened by an ancient evil, a king is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. If he is to defeat an army of monsters, he must become one himself! His victory carries a terrible price... An eternity frozen in stone. 

Fifteen centuries later, the Celtic warrior is awakened when the world needs him most. A stranger in a strange land with his only guide a beautiful archeology student, he must battle his old adversary once again, all while struggling with his own darkness. For he is by day a man, by night cursed to become... The GARGOYLE!

Sorceress Found by Lisa Blackwood
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Gregory, a gargoyle and Avatar to the gods, wakes to a new life, he finds the female half of his soul is missing. He soon learns she has been captured by their oldest enemy—the Lady of Battles. And that ancient rival has forced his soulmate to be reborn as a vulnerable child. To save her, Gregory will risk everything even if he must pay the ultimate price for his loyalty.

This series is not YA; it is Urban Fantasy. 

Author's Note: Sorceress Found is a prequel short story and contains sample chapters for Sorceress Awakening. It was previously published under the title Beginnings and it is part of an Urban Fantasy series with a strong romantic subplot. 

Sorceress Found takes place twelve years before the events in Sorceress Awakening.

A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Holly and Caleb had been best friends as children, growing up on the same street, but as teenagers they couldn't be further apart. When Caleb unexpectedly asked Holly to help him pick out a Christmas gift for his girlfriend, neither of them anticipated where it would lead. 
A young adult romantic comedy, from Stella Wilkinson, acclaimed author of The Flirting Games Series. 

A Christmas Gift is a "clean" romance, suitable for ALL ages 

"Oh what it is to be young! A funny, light and frothy read." Janie Oakes, Teen Reader Today 

Please note that this is a short story of approx 7000+ words 

Bringing Christmas to the Dragons by Rinelle Grey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
With time running out before his clan’s prince is discovered by mining or killed by enemy dragons, dragon shifter Jayrian needs to convince the elders to accept help from the humans. He hopes that the clever librarian, Gretchen, might be able to help him with that. He didn’t count on falling for her—that wasn’t part of his plan at all. 

Gretchen longs for adventure outside of the books she reads in her job as a small town librarian. But not the kind that involves her moving to the big city to take the promotion her Aunt Mary offers. The cute guy who’s been hanging around the library seems far more exciting—there’s just something about him that draws her—so on impulse, she invites him to her family’s Christmas celebration. When a dragon lands on the front of her car on the way there, she wonders if she’s gotten more than she bargained for. 

Together they must find a way to save his prince and clan, without sacrificing who they are, or their budding relationship.

The Christmas Scarf by Kay Correll
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Sometimes, Christmas wishes bring their own special magic… 

A woman chasing a life-long dream. A man given a second chance at love. If one wins, the other loses. Does a stranger’s scarf hold enough magic to make both their Christmas wishes come true? 

Missy Sherwood has always wished for one thing, to be a country singer. After trying to make it for years in Nashville, she returns to her hometown of Comfort Crossing, Mississippi, feeling like a misfit and a failure. But there’s no use in telling anyone the truth just yet—she’s here for longer than the holidays, she's home for good. Right? 

Dylan Rivers is glad to see his old friend return to town, not only to help him with the children’s Christmas pageant, but because her homecoming sparks long-forgotten but never acted upon feelings. But there is no use in acting on those feelings, she’s soon to head back to her fabulous career in Nashville.Right? 

Then a stranger comes to town and has Missy re-examining her dreams. She gets one final chance, and her life-long wish is within her grasp. Is there really magic in the stranger’s scarf, or is it in the power of knowing her heart’s true wish?


(On my Nook)




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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Solomon's Seal by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Struck by Amanda Carlson