Monthly Archives: July 2016

Will Ren Lewis Transform or Die?



Ren Lewis isn’t a man that shows emotion or even allows himself to feel. He has built a wall around himself. Now, not only does he find that out that he has a daughter, she is pregnant with his grandchild. Neither is he prepared to embrace. And, an evil enchantress, Vivian, is out to make Ren her own. She is his intellectual equal on many levels. Will these events destroy him or will Ren evolve?

Noffke’s final installment in the Ren series, Ren: The Monster Inside The Monster, delivers the most heart wrenching story of all. It is a masterful conclusion filled with a rollercoaster of emotions. Noffke eloquently conveys how Ren struggles with new realizations about himself. But, don’t worry, he doesn’t lose his snark.

As much as I hated that Ren’s series has come to an end, it was written in the best way possible. Noffke has out done herself. I’m certain that we will see the redheaded Brit pop up from time to time in her other novels.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

A Sci-fi Western


Killdeer Winds ARC Cover

This book is expected to be released on September 15, 2016.

Cavatica Weller and her sisters continue their trek across the Juniper driving their cattle to market in order to save their ranch. The trip is wrought with marauding land baronesses and harsh weather, along with a group of super soldiers desperate to capture Micaiah, a viable young man in hiding. Will the Weller girls be able to keep their herd intact, stay alive, and help Micaiah in his quest? Or, will Micaiah’s secrets doom them all?

Ritchey’s second installment in The Juniper Wars series, Killdeer Winds, is even more exciting than the first. There are shootouts, family feuds, a broken love triangle, redemption, and personal growth in this wild west environment. The juxtaposition of 18th century living with 21st century technology captures vividly how unique this story is. This world Ritchey has created comes to life with such colorful characters as a doctor turned sniper through the use of drugs, a Catholic priest who smokes cigars and shoots calling out the Gospels, and a gun slinger that trained as a circus performer.

There is so much to like about this series that I can’t begin to put it all in one review.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

The Repressed Rebel


The Mechanics

Sarge is in charge. Henry Sargent has been named the new head of the Boston Brahmin by J.P. Morgan who recently suffered a stroke. The president has brought in UN peace keeping forces due to the uprisings against the Citizen Corps. New conflicts arise both nationally and personally.

Akart’s fifth novel in The Boston Brahmin series, The Mechanics: A Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Series, is every bit as action packed as the first four. And, what a heart-stopping ending! Oh, my! This may very well be the best book of the group.

This book, as well as the others, is a must read for anyone who wants a glimpse of what could very well be our immediate future. While Akart is not a prognosticator, his novels are eerily realistic in today’s political climate.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Is There Safety In Numbers?


Legion of Dispair cover

Jim Powell has made it home and is augmenting the security plans at his homestead. Randi has made it to her family’s farm and seems to be doing well. Gary has made it home but finds his family under attack. Alice is in the basement of a dangerous mental patient who is without his medication. Both Lois and Rebecca were killed before they could get home to their families. Can Gary keep his family safe by bugging in? Will Alice be the next casualty? Are things going to get worse for the country before it gets better or does the government have a viable plan?

Horton’s third novel in The Borrowed World Series, Legion of Despair, continues to follow the lives of these coworkers as they come to grips with the new reality in a post-apocalyptic USA. Their stories are terrifyingly realistic. Hard choices have to be made just to stay alive.  This book focuses more on how Gary and Alice adapt and change. Both doing things they would have never imagined themselves possible of just a month before.

The story continues to evolve and explore new challenges which keep it interesting. New characters are introduced and previous characters are brought into the forefront. This is the first book which really evoked an emotional response from me. The interaction between Ariel and Buddy at the end of the book really touched my heart. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment!

5 out of 5 stars.

Truly Random Thoughts


There’s not a theme to this blog. It will truly be a bunch of random thoughts. I hope you will enjoy the read.

American Table

Did not care for the American Table menu on our recent Carnival cruise. The food was just fine and quite edible. It was the selection that we found lacking. I can see it as an option, but not the only one. I prefer the international selections. Gone were the table clothes except on Elegant nights. Yes, it is a cost savings, but it dumbs down the dining experience. Sadly, Carnival is turning into the McDonald’s of the sea. Guy’s burgers are a big hit. They are very tasty. But, why are they open only from noon until 6pm? We had the best assistant maître d’ ever! After Suresh, the very brusk head maître d’, reassigned us from a booth to a regular table, Jovannah took time at every meal to come check on us. She was very attentive.


Things I love about summertime – the smell of honeysuckle in bloom, watching fireflies in the evening, a grand thunderstorm with lots of brilliant lightening, rainbows, laundry dried in the sun, backyard BBQs, not having to turn on the hot water to bathe, going swimming, watching children play outdoors, baby birds and squirrels, the return of the hummingbirds, screened-in porches, lemonade, watermelon and cantaloupe, farm fresh vegetables, vacations, honey bees and butterflies, and sleeping under a ceiling fan.


Our HVAC folks told us last summer that our unit was the right size for our house and was working within expected parameters. Yet, family & friends as well as many businesses were nice and cool while we were sweating. I don’t understand. I’ve never lived in a house where the air conditioning wasn’t able to maintain the temperature no matter how hot it got outside. But, ours starts creeping into the 80s when the temperature outside reaches the mid-90s and above. How do I fight back with the folks at D’Antignac and Merritt on that? We are still under warrantee.


We are so very excited about our new travel trailer! I’ve never had one before, but Gary had a tiny one when I first met him. The Jayco Jay Flight that we bought is like a studio apartment. It has everything that we need for just the two of us. We’ve been trying to decide on where to take it on our first trip. We’ve pretty much decided that we would take it somewhere close for a weekend to make sure we know how to use everything and do everything we are supposed to properly. Next spring, we plan to take longer trips and eventually go on a trip through the southwest.

leaky roof

How hard is it to give someone a quote for a small roof repair? Apparently, very hard. Enon Hopkins refuse to give me a written quote because it’s not my house, but a shed. They don’t want the competition to know what they would do to fix it. Seriously? Augusta Remodeling sent someone over while we were on vacation as agreed, but refused to give us a quote because no one was home. And, they knew we would be out of town. I give up. My best friend, Tammy, has put us in contact with her handyman. I’m letting Gary handle it.


Speaking of my best friend Tammy, now that she has retired I’m getting to see a lot more of her. She has moved about an hour & half’s drive away but comes up to Augusta every week. It’s a blessing to have her around and spending much more time together. With both of us having been so busy with our careers we had been lucky to see each other 2 or 3 times a year. Best friends are hard to come by and I’m so thankful she’s mine.


I’ve got extensive spine surgery coming up on the 11th. A whole range of emotions are going through me. I’m not afraid or upset about the vertebral fusings, though I’m not looking forward to them either. The draining of the cyst bothers me a little, but not as much as the de-tethering of my spinal cord. Frankly, it scares the shit out of me. I know that it is a pretty common procedure in children with spinal bifida; but, that is usually in the lower back. My tether is between C2 & 3. Anyway, it’s all in God’s hands and I trust Him with whatever the outcome may be. I’m still human though and still scared.


Since I became disabled last July I have few hobbies that I am able to pursue. Reading is one that I can do. And, that I do on a regular basis. I read between 2 and 4 books every week. I’ve turned that hobby into a blog with reviews. While my grammar is far from perfect everyone seems to be very forgiving. In fact, I am getting requests by authors to review their books. I would have never dreamed that would happen! It’s all very exciting to me. And, it is something that I can do at my own pace. If I’m having a bad day I can put the book down to let my body rest. There are no deadlines. My time is my own. If it paid a salary, then I’d be rich! There’s nothing like doing something you really love.


Anyone have a recommendation for a housekeeper that will come every 2 to 3 weeks, do a decent job, and charge a fair price? We really need one. If they would cook dinner Monday through Friday nights for us that would be even better. Well, one can dream, can’t they?