Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel – Charlaine Harris
I don’t often review the big dogs. I have a secret desire to find that amazing debut/self-published/small press novel and be the first to hold it up and acclaim its greatness. Still, I’ve read all of the Sookie novels and think a popular work is worth discussion.
I pre-ordered Deadlocked, but it sat on my Kindle TBR pile for more than the usual time. It’s tough both reading and writing a series this long. Characters need to continue to have significant change in order to keep the series from stagnating, but that very change often infuriates readers when it doesn’t take the direction they want it to. I also pointed out this in my blog post on Kim Harrison’s last Rachel Morgan book. The characters’ internal development may not go where I would like them to, but Deadlocked is still worth the read. Maybe not worth the $12.99 I spent, but worth the read. Continue reading
Sweetie has worked hard this year on getting a law passed in Maryland that allows a special class of license for Farm Breweries. It’s a good thing. It supports agri-tourism in Maryland. It gives farmers one more avenue to pursue to turn a profit on what has unfortunately become a back breaking and low profit business. It helps the environment by providing locally brewed beer, with locally grown ingredients to locals. I’m green with jealousy, not because Sweetie is opening a Farmhouse Brewery, but because he’s suddenly become a rock-star. Continue reading
Hannah Britt-Baker – model Crimson Chain Productions - photography and graphic arts
I’ve got four erotica selections this time, and three are selected from my Twitter followers. There’s some really great writing going on out there and it’s not all from the big name publishing houses. Hopefully I can turn you on to new talent, and convince you to take a chance on some great authors. Continue reading
Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day
This is a romance with lots of sex action between the pages. It’s pretty much non-stop sex and emotional drama. Although I’m a fan of romance with a big erotic component, the sheer volume did put the kibosh on any significant character or plot development.
Eva and Gideon have fireworks from moment one and fly into a passionate romance early in the book. But in spite of the old breathtakingly-gorgeous and fabulously-wealthy man meets almost-as-wealthy and equally-breathtakingly-gorgeous woman that had me rolling my eyes, there is an interesting twist here. These two got issues. Continue reading