Thursday, September 21, 2017

Brotherhood Protectors: Texas Ranger Rescue


Brotherhood Protectors: Texas Ranger Rescue (Kindle Worlds Novella)
by Cynthia D'Alba


Two people who both have issues that stop people from looking at the true person. When they come together they see each other from a different point of view allowing each to really see inside the soul and heart of the other.  Both have a secret that they are not willing to share with the other when that comes out there will be some very surprised people. What really held my attention was how these two fought the attraction due to their handicap which really isn’t as important as they think it is. The chemistry they have for each other was there before they even met which really pulls the reader in.

These two have more in common then they know both have had to live through some very heart breaking and trying times. It is kind of hard to be thankful for what you have and looking at it from the point of view things could have been worse. When you have to deal with people and your handicap it isn’t always easy to see the sunshine through the clouds when those around you make you feel you aren’t good enough or lacking.  Which is somewhat the case here, as you read along your heart breaks for these two but I think more so for Chase due to how much he really gave and how things turned out.

There are some thrilling times and some heart stopping moments with a little mystery and some danger it really pulls you into the story from the first page. I was so hooked on this story I read it at one setting I just could not put the book down. The ending is a big surprise and you are left with your mouth hung open saying WOW. It may only be 84 pages but it is packed full with some shocking things along with some humor. I really enjoyed how this was a slow build but once it built up it was like a rocket taking off.  Once you get over the shock and the danger the true ending will bring a tear to your eye. This was an outstanding read from start to finish that I promise is well worth the price and your time.

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Summary
“Hell no.” That’s what retired Army Ranger Chase Adams should have said when he was asked to do a favor for a friend. “It’ll be easy,” his friend had said. “No danger at all.”

After his run-in with an IED in Afghanistan leaves Chase Adams badly scarred, he comes home and takes a job that will use his brain and computer skills instead of his brawn. When his boss’s wife asks for a favor, how can he say no? So he’s off to Texas to help his favorite audiobook narrator with her latest project, the woman whose sultry voice got him through months of painful rehab. No bodyguard duties involved, or so he was told.

After an accident twenty years ago left Fiona Samuels legally blind, she has found critical and financial success as an audiobook voice actress. When her producer/audio engineer retires unexpectedly, her friends send a retired Army Ranger/computer whiz to help.

Long days of work become long nights of attraction. Chase never thought he’d find a woman who would see past the scars to the man beneath. He prays he will be there to protect her from the enemy they can’t see.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Days Made of Glass



Days Made of Glass
by Laura Drake


I really didn’t know what to expect when I picked this up to read I thought it would be more of a cowboy romance but it really isn’t but does have a touch in it. I have never read anything by this author and was very pleasantly pleased with the plot, the characters and the writing. Here is a family that is trying to get by and stay together going through many trying times. A mother who is barely holding it together ,to a teen who takes care of the family. When the mother dies they have a care taker who is the mother’s boyfriend but when he dies with a little mystery about his death and Angel falling apart leaving Harlie taking charge on the run with Angel with social services one step behind them. This is a story of the strength of one teenager trying her best to raise her sister by putting food on the table and a roof over their heads.  When Angel has a meltdown Harlie can no longer close her eyes thinking Angel is just having a bad day. Angel rushed to the hospital with cuts from the glass she has to face the fact that Angel needs more help then she can give. What is a girl to do when faced with medical bills she cannot pay along with her sister being institutionalized which will cost more money? She remembers the man who told her about bullfighting and wanted her to go to a school fully paid. She decides to go where the money is. The story is built around Harlie’s trials and errors of her life and learning to fight the bull along, dealing with a job in a man’s world where women have never stepped along with her dealing with her sister’s issues and the people around her. Harlie doesn’t trust or make friends which makes her come off as a cold person, maybe even a little of a snob. Which is far from the truth, she just never had the time to grow up in a normal home. Then she was on the run and couldn’t let anyone get close for fear they would split the sisters up.

There is a lot of sorrow, pain, and a few heart stopping moments in this story but there is humor that will make you chuckle. It isn’t all doom and gloom but some very bright sun shining days that really grabs your heart making you smile. I really liked Harlie she is strong but codependent on her sister who she has built her life around. Now she must leave her in other peoples care, start over, learn how to put your trust on the person beside you and work as a team to make sure not only she but the men around her come out alive. There is no way you can read this and not be touched by bother Angel and Harlie along with some of the cowboys and how things work out.  There were times I just wanted to pull Harlie out of the pages let her rest her head on my shoulders for a few minutes to give her a little piece of mind.

The cowboys really touched me, the one who did the most was Deuce he is amazing in so many ways as he works on bring Harlie around pushing her and being her support system in so many ways.  I enjoyed the men some had an attitude and were put back in line. It really is a wonderful story showing how each of them learns to work together, trust the other and find out they don’t know as much as they thought. I loved the tattoos and the meaning behind them. The owner of the school is a hoot as he brings strong men to their knees.  I loved his roughness as well as his wife how she deals with things. The story has so many messages in it along with meaning that will really stay with you. This isn’t one of those books you will forget when you put it down. It is one you will most likely want to reread again due to so many emotions you feel as each new twist unfolds and comes to life before your eyes.

It’s truly a heartwarming, soul searching lovely read that grabs you from the first page until the last. I really didn’t want it to end. It was a pleasure to watch Harlie and Angel grow in mind and spirit both fighting their own demons and winning the battle. Watching them overcome so many issues fighting their way back to each other. My heart broke for so many of these characters but the author did an amazing job putting it back together. Out of all the books I have read this year I pick a few that are my favorite, this book will be added to that group as one of my favorite reads of the year. My hats off to the author for being able to really reach in and touching my heart, making me want to cry, smile, laugh and just hug so many wonderful characters. 



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Summary
Harlie Cooper raised her sister, Angel, even before their mother died. When their guardian is killed in a fire, rather than be separated by Social Services, they run. Life in off the grid in L.A. isn’t easy, but worse, there’s something wrong with Angel.

Harlie walks in to find their apartment scattered with shattered and glass and Angel, a bloody rag doll in a corner. The doctor orders institutionalization in a state facility. Harlie’s not leaving her sister in that human warehouse. But something better takes money. Lots of it.

When a rep from the Pro Bull Riding Circuit suggests she train as a bullfighter, rescuing downed cowboys from their rampaging charges, she can’t let the fact that she’d be the first woman to attempt this stop her. Angel is depending on her.

It’s not just the danger and taking on a man’s career that challenges Harlie. She must learn to trust—her partner and herself, and learn to let go of what’s not hers to save.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Stranger's Kindness


A Stranger's Kindness

Written by: EC Stilson
Narrated by: Courtney Parker
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:08-09-17
Publisher: Wayman Publishing




I do not even know where to begin this let’s start with the characters Mark a bachelor doesn’t need a women in fact jokes about them but one look and he is a night in shinning armor who will bend over backward for a women he doesn’t know? He also has a girlfriend that lives somewhere away from them, but from the writing you think he is a playboy with a different girl each night. Gina is thirty something but acts like she is twelve the things she does as far as getting his attention and how she deals with her ex’s and friends etc  are things we did in middle school. Every time I thought this was going somewhere I found it wasn’t as the character went out of character and changed their whole attitude.  Gina’s emotions were all over the place first she wouldn’t leave the shmuck and then she would break up with him and go back. When she found out he was married she still didn’t break up with him. Her daughter talked about how he scared her and you thought she saw the light no one would hurt her kids and then she brought him back into their lives. She tells Mark they can’t be anymore than friends but then just about attacks him. The whole plot is like this. They say one thing and do something else. I don’t think I ever hear the shmucks name and everyone calling him that got a little old.

I think the narrator did a pretty good job but maybe a more mature voice would have been better. Ms. Parker’s voice is young and exciting but didn’t sound 30. Some of her character voices were outstanding but some of the voices were too much alike and sound too much like her normal voice which was a little confusing.  Her male voices need a little work they need to be a little deeper. There were times when you could hear the excitement or sorrow in her voice I thought this was done very well.  There are 3 places about ¾ way through where she repeats words or a sentence. I hear no background noise, it was a very clear audio. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. At times she needs to pause a little longer where other times it was just right. There were some time you could tell she was reading, it didn’t seem natural the flow was off but other times it was perfect.  I think her natural voice is very lovely.

These characters are just too wishy washy with emotions going too far one way and then to far the other way. Too much filler was used you could have skipped most of some the chapters and not missed much. There were times when the author hinted things were going to get dangerous and exciting or a character was going to go psycho but it never happened. I really had to push myself to listen to the whole audio. Too much contradictions and immature characters the author lost me almost from the first page and never got me back. Some love this drama filled child like story I just did not.  

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"Love can carry us through all of this. It doesn't age. Its back doesn't go out. It doesn't get arthritis, or need a motor. It doesn't lose its hearing or become forgetful. It is what keeps on when the years get late and our hair is grey. It's what can heal and buoy us through anything. I want to be old with you, yes, but I want to feel young with you forever."
I finished reading the words and found myself speechless. I was a single mother, yet this selfless bachelor had come into my life, and he had literally changed everything. I'd never known a love like this.

Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils and Herbal Tinctures


Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils and Herbal Tinctures: DIY Natural Remedies with Herbs, Aromatherapy Recipes, Infused Oils, and Much More!

Written by: Kathy Wyatt
Narrated by: Jo Nelson
Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:08-25-17
Publisher: CiJiRo Publishing


I have heard so much about essential oils but never really knew what their uses were or what to do with them. When asked if I would be interested in reviewing this audio I really wasn’t expecting much as most books for beginners really do not have a lot of information they are just to get your started. To my delight I found some very useful information not only on how to use the oils but what they are for. You can use these for health and beauty but also for cleaning, infection, rashes, getting rid of spiders and the list goes on and on. There are some great recipes in this book to get you started, they even cover how to make them but I do not see myself doing this.

This is the first time I have listened to Ms. Nelson’s narration I was totally pleased. Her voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to.  Her tones are wonderful, she give just the right pause to let what she just told you sink in giving it meaning and understanding. There are no repeating of words, no volume changes and if any breaks were taken I could not tell.  The narrator’s voice really makes you forget you are listening which is great, you can spend your time focusing on what she is saying. I never thought I would be pulled in but I was taking in every word she spoke waiting to see what the next information would be. I loved the speed this audio was delivered in, it makes me wonder how a normal romance or thriller would sound from her.  Bottom line I totally enjoyed listening. I believe I got more out of listening then I would have reading.

I really thought this has a lot of information for beginners with outstanding recipes I can’t wait to use to better my health inside and out. I would not have checked into essential oils for some time to come which would have been a lost for me. I would never have guessed there was something so nature that did so much. I do love anything that is natural and feel we need to know more about what goes into our bodies. I also believe that in the long run this would be a cheaper way to deal with health, house, and mind. I liked how the book was broken down explaining it in a way that is easy to understand. I am very much looking forward to trying some of these recipes and learning more about essential oils. If you are a prepper or thinking about prepping this would be a great book to start you out.

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Are you looking to enhance your life through natural means?
Do you want to learn how to kick over the counter medication to the curb?
Are you interested in using essential oils correctly to create different products?
Then Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils and Herbal Tinctures: DIY Natural Remedies with Herbs, Aromatherapy Recipes, Infused Oils, and Much More is for you!
You'll find everything in this book you'll need to know in order to use essential oils properly, make your own herbal tinctures and infused oils, and even apply that knowledge to making salves and balms for various ailments. You'll also learn how to make different beauty products, use essential oils for your home, and how to choose the right essential oils to start with. There are so many different applications for essential oils that you'll even find out how to make your own bath bombs and shower steamers, which double as great gifts! Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils and Herbal Tinctures will get you started with a comprehensive herbal guide for any beginner.