Friday, June 29, 2018

BLOG ALL ABOUT IT CHALLENGE- JUNE 2018- GROWL



 

GROWL
Growl as defined by Dictionary.com means to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility or to murmur and complain angrily.  Now when I saw it was the prompt for this month’s Blog All About it Challenge, I racked my brain many times trying to figure out what to write. Then I had a lightbulb moment. I am a blogger, reader/reviewer so why not write about books and blog related things that would make growl? So here goes.

1.       Failure to follow the instructions in my Review Policy: Now review requests do not make me growl. However, what makes me growl is when the requester does not follow the instructions as laid out in my review policy. Yes, I am an avid reader, but that does not mean I read everything that comes my way. That is why I specifically state what I will and will not read.  Therefore, when I open an email with the subject heading review request, I do not expect to see a request for self-help, religious and biographical materials.  Where in my review policy does it say I read those type of books?  I read romance, mysteries, thrillers and fantasy. Then to make matters worse, the books are included as an attachment in the same email as if that will make me change my mind.

2.       Unfinished Series: Can you imagine starting a series and you patiently wait for the next book to be released as you were told it would release soon. Then one year passes and before you know it three years has passed and the book is yet to be released. Then all you can hear is it is being worked on. Seriously, people that is just not right. Now, that makes me want to growl.

3.       Cliff-hangers: I know a lot of you can relate to this one. Now if I know that there would be a cliff-hanger and I know the next book has been released or will release in the next week then I can tolerate it. However, if it is the opposite, and I am left to hang for the unforeseeable future, then the problems begin. I detest them in reading and in watching television shows and movies.

4.       Free with Kindle Unlimited:  I have made use of this service and I had no problems with it. In fact, I believe it is a good thing as it can prove to be cost effective for those persons who read over 10 books per month. Now this is a paid subscription service.  There is nothing free about it. If you don’t pay the required fee, you cannot access the service. I fail to understand why book advertisements would state you can get the book advertised free with kindle unlimited. No, I cannot. I have to pay the monthly subscription before I can access it, so explain how is it free. These ads are so annoying.

So there you have it in a nutshell, a few of the things, which make want to growl. What makes you want to growl?  I would love to hear your thoughts.



If you would like to be apart of this challenge, which hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup, here is the link:  http://theherdpresents.blogspot.com/2017/12/blog-all-about-it-challenge.html

Monday, June 25, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: STRAY MAGIC by KELLY MEDING @KellyMeding ‏#UrbanFantasy














Title: Stray Magic
Author: Kelly Meding
Series: Strays #1
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eArc
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Pages: 336
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release ChallengeNetgalley and Edelweiss
Buy: Amazon


Friday, June 22, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: SITUATION OUT OF CONTROL by DEBRA WEBB @DebraWebbAuthor #RomanticSuspense







Title: Situation Out of Control
Author: Debra Webb
Series: (Colby Agency #19)
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 2004
Pages: 250


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: CARESSED BY MOONLIGHT by AMANDA GREENE @AmandaJGreene1 #Paranormalromance








Title: Caressed by Moonlight
Author:  Amanda J. Greene
Series: Rulers of Darkness #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Indie
Published: November 15, 2013
Pages: 257
Format: ebook
Source: Purchase

Monday, June 18, 2018

REVIEW TOUR: AT ANY COST by JOHN W. MEFFORD @JWMefford @beckvalleybooks #Thriller #Mystery


















Title:  AT Any Cost
Author: John W. Mefford
Publisher: Sugar Hill Press
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours , Kindle Unlimited
in exchange for an honest review
Format: Ebook
Published: June 5, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 278
Reading Challenges:  2018 New Release Challenge

Available to buy from....
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk    Paperback


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: FLESH by KYLIE SCOTT #Paranormal #EroticRomance















Title: Flesh
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Flesh #1
Publisher: Momentum
Source: Purchased
Originally Published: October 1 , 2012
Re-published: January 23, 2018
Format: ebook
Genre(s): Erotica, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 406

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Monday, June 11, 2018

GUEST POST: SUPERHEROES ARE FOR ADULTS TOO by J.T. BOCK @jtbockcom

Today I have the pleasure of hosting J.T Block author of Time Trap (Ultra 
Security series) on Totally Addicted to Reading. 



Superheroes Are for Adults Too

When I tell people that I write superhero-themed romance, many will respond, “Oh, you must write YA (Young Adult) books.”
“No,” I reply. “I write superhero stories with adult characters in adult situations that have suspense, action, romance, and … have you seen the recent Marvel and DC films?”

About half of them say that they haven’t watched those movies and have never read a comic book. Even if they enjoy thrillers and action flicks, they still consider superhero movies to be for kids.

But superhero stories are much more than fanciful tales. They employ archetypes found in ancient Greek plays. They include themes of forgiveness, the hero’s journey, and redemption. 
And let’s not forget the theme of love.

Lois Lane and Clark Kent (Superman) are one of the most iconic romantic pairings in literature. A dogged reporter, Lois is a model for the strong female lead. Although she doesn’t have Superman’s physical strength, her drive and intelligence aid Superman and help win his heart.

Superheroes like Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) were created to inspire readers, particularly girls and young women. She first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in 1941 and was created by American psychologist and inventor of the polygraph, William Moulton Marston, and is why Wonder Woman’s lasso allows her extract the truth from whomever she wraps it around. Marston was motivated by feminists of his day including his wife Elizabeth and their cohabitant and lover, Olive Byrne, to develop this superhero. (Bracelets worn by Byrne gave Marston the idea for Wonder Woman’s bracers.) A comic book publisher read an article Marston had written about the potential of the comic book medium. According to Wikipedia, the publisher tapped Marston to become an educational consultant for two comic book companies, which would merge to form DC Comics:
At that time, Marston wanted to create his own new superhero; Marston’s wife Elizabeth suggested to him that it should be a female:[23] … he struck upon an idea for a new kind of superhero, one who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love. “Fine,” said Elizabeth. “But make her a woman.”

Decades later, activist and journalist Gloria Steinman would put Wonder Woman on the first issue of Ms. magazine, making her an icon for the feminist movement.

In the Marvel universe, Tony Stark overcomes his demons to become a hero and find love with his loyal assistant Pepper Potts in the Iron Man franchise. Star-Lord from the Guardians of the Galaxy series struggles with the death of his mom from cancer when he was a child. After she dies, a young Star-Lord is snatched from Earth by space pirates and trained to be a thief. Over the two films, his character learns the value of sacrifice and his new family to save the universe as he grows closer to and falls for Gamora, a female alien who fights by his side.

Black Panther’s story is layered with themes of colonialism, African diaspora, the power of tradition, familial bonds, and betrayal—to name a few. The title character enjoys close relationships with the strong female leads and kick-butt heroines in their own right: Shuri, his sister and tech genius; Okoye, leader of Wakanda’s female special forces; and Nakia, the woman he pines for and who works as an undercover spy for Wakanda. 
These films and stories feature adult characters making adult decisions not only in their own lives but in life or death situations that affect the world. 

Superhero stories are powerful. They are our modern-day myths. They inspire and show us that we can overcome our problems to become heroes in our own lives. They give us permission to dream.
And dreaming is not just for children.



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TimeTrap (UltraSecurity Series Book 3)
Available on Amazon

UltraAgent TimeTrap is hiding out. This peace-loving, universe-traveling hero is tired of fighting Aztec gods, sociopathic scientists, and her reality TV–star mother. She needs a vacation from using her superpower. With comfy slippers and streaming movies, she’s taken refuge with her new boyfriend, Max Martin, in his high-tech, gated home.

Max owes TimeTrap his life. She saved him from a dimensional-jumping kidnapper, and he’s fallen hard for her. He promises to protect her at any cost. Whatever TimeTrap wants, he’ll give her.

But is she really safe with Max?

Because TimeTrap has uncovered a classified project in his basement lab, which shoves her into the clutches of a mysterious organization and a life-sucking entity called the Dark.

A journal that belonged to Max’s deceased grandfather might hold the key to helping TimeTrap. But to decode the mysterious journal, Max must do the unthinkable and embrace the evil energy that threatens both universes. He would do anything to rescue her, but can he win back her trust, or will he become her worst nightmare?



BIO

J.T. Bock

When J.T. Bock was a child, she wanted to be James Bond or Indiana Jones or a vampire hunter or Wonder Woman. Whatever brought her the most action, adventure and romance while play acting on her stage—otherwise known as her grandmother’s basement. Now J.T. has assembled her own team of action heroes, supernatural creatures and maniacal villains and set them on adventures far from her basement to exotic lands and alternate dimensions.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

BOOK TOUR REVIEW with GIVEAWAY: FIRST CRUSH LAST LOVE by ELIZABETH MCKENNA @ElizaMcKenna @beckvalleybooks #Contemporary #Romance


Title: First Crush, Last Love
Author: Elizabeth McKenna
Publisher: Indie Published
SOURCE: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours
Format: Ebook
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Pages: 316

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Monday, June 04, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE SUBSTITUTE WIFE by DALLAS SCHULZE #Contemporary #Romance















Title : The Substitute Wife
Author: Dallas Schulze
Publisher: Mira Books
Published : April 1, 2003
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: Amazon


Friday, June 01, 2018