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  • Monthly TBR Update – May 2022

    Monthly TBR Update – May 2022

    I’ve always loved shifters, and my recent reads prove it. See my Reading Ranting page for the reviews of May’s books. Also, most of these are audiobooks, so I tend to get through those really quickly.  In May I read… Zodiac Academy book 1, Awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti, 5 stars. Zodiac Academy […]

  • Writing Ranting – Pushing Boundaries Part 2

    Writing Ranting – Pushing Boundaries Part 2

    TRIGGER WARNING: This post mentions traumatic situations. Last week I talked about pushing personal boundaries in how far you were willing to go in your writing. Today, I’m going to talk about how that content will impact other readers.  Spicy scenes Graphic violence  Killing off characters Dark themes that might be triggering for you or […]

  • Book Review – Ruthless Fae, Zodiac Academy Book 2 – By Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti – 5 stars

    Book Review – Ruthless Fae, Zodiac Academy Book 2 – By Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti – 5 stars

    Warning: May contain spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more. Firstly, disconnect your mind from acceptable reality and you’ll be fine. This is NOT some sweet college story of making friends and overcoming social stigmas. This is about Tory and Darcy fighting against four jerk heirs for their […]

  • Book Review – The Reckoning, Zodiac Academy Book 3 – By Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti – 5 stars

    Book Review – The Reckoning, Zodiac Academy Book 3 – By Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti – 5 stars

    Warning: May contain spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more. Shift your mind from acceptable reality. This is a whole different world where fae are ruthless and are driven by instinct. Imagine animals in human bodies that can talk. Lol. But that’s what I love about books like […]

  • A Bookish Holiday to Livraria Lello

    A Bookish Holiday to Livraria Lello

    I visited Livraria Lello in Porto over the weekend with a writing buddy. He was already in Europe visiting various place, including Lisbon, so we met in Porto. Why not, right? I hopped in the car after work on Friday and was there in plenty of time for dinner. I’ve been hankering to go to […]

  • Writing Ranting – Pushing Boundaries part 1

    Writing Ranting – Pushing Boundaries part 1

    TRIGGER WARNING: This post mentions traumatic situations. Pushing boundaries in writing can mean pushing your personal boundaries or pushing your story’s boundaries. This means different things to different writers, but I’m referring to adult content and dark themes. Spicy scenes Graphic violence  Killing off characters Dark themes that might be triggering for you or readers […]

  • Book Review – We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal – 3 stars

    Book Review – We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal – 3 stars

    Warning: May contain spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more. After loving the first book so much, I found this one a little disappointing in comparison. I still liked it, but found myself slogging through some parts to get to the good stuff. What I liked… The adventure […]

  • Book Review – Shifters in the Night – By Molly Harper – 4.5 stars

    Book Review – Shifters in the Night – By Molly Harper – 4.5 stars

    Warning: May contain spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more. So many Mystic Bayou books to love. This follows Jon, a selkie shifter with social anxiety, and Lia, another new arrival after the recent growth in the town’s visitors and population.  What I liked… Their first encounter was […]

  • Book Review – The Awakening, Zodiac Academy book 1 – By Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti – 5 stars

    Book Review – The Awakening, Zodiac Academy book 1 – By Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti – 5 stars

    Warning: May contain spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more. Dragon shifters… say no more. 😍 This book took a while to get used to the characters and their ways. It definitely plays on the bad decisions, the baddest bullies, and the badass powers. Lots of bad things […]

  • Writing Ranting – Helping Other Writers! Part 2

    Writing Ranting – Helping Other Writers! Part 2

    Writing may come naturally in some ways, but not necessarily in others. One writer might have the ideas for a fun story with a good structure. Another might have a knack for writing dialogue, while another is better at scene-setting or world-building. These are just a few aspects that make a good story.  Working with […]