Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Leigh Walker
(The Division #1)
Publication date: July 19th, 2017
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

When Riley heads off to boarding school for a summer work-study program, she knows it’ll be demanding. What she doesn’t expect? To be thrust into an intense physical training program described as special, exclusive and worst of all–top-secret. She signed up for tuition assistance, not to be held in a secret government facility for boot camp…
Welcome to The Division, the government agency that’s so classified, most United States senators have never heard of it.
The Division wants Riley bad, but she can’t figure out why. Skeptical of what she’s being told, Riley’s determined to uncover the truth. Boot camp is intense, physically and mentally draining. The upside? One of her new teammates is the cutest boy ever. Watching Finn hit the gym wearing a tank top doesn’t suck–although sometimes his brooding attitude does. But when training forces Riley to confront her tragic past, even Finn’s big biceps aren’t enough to make her want to stay…

Beware: The Division isn’t something you just walk away from. You better run.

Riley realizes her capabilities and strengths are greater than she’d ever imagined. But she also learns she wasn’t just chosen for this special program…
She was made for it.

Q: Wow, you’re interviewing yourself…how pompous!
Right? It’s to tell people more about the series, lol. Although I should admit that I normally talk to myself a lot, so this isn’t much of a departure.

Q: Tell us about “The Division” – it’s a bunch of teenagers with psychic powers, right? How did you get inspired?
Everyone on the team has psychic powers, yes. I was watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix and I WAS SO PSYCHED they were testing poor Eleven for psychic powers. But I was also like, YEEHAW! Because I LOVE psychic powers, and I can’t remember the last time I saw or read something that included them. I’ve always been obsessed by the concept, and there’s so many variations of powers, so many incarnations it can take… Anyway, after watching that show and having that reaction, I thought, other people must love this stuff, too, I can’t be the only one. So I wanted to give us all more!

Q: Tell us about the main character, Riley Payne.
Riley is a ‘normal’ girl dealing with a lot. Her father and sister died in a car accident and her mother started drinking heavily after it happened. She just wants to get out of her house and go to boarding school, but she gets more than she bargained for when she abruptly gets recruited into a secret agency…

Q: The ‘secret agency’ is The Division, correct?
Yes. It’s a secret cell of teenagers who were genetically engineered with psychic gifts. They work for the American government to combat domestic terrorism.
Riley thinks they’re nuts, of course. Until she unlocks her powers, then she’s blown away by what she can do.

Q: As the series goes on, you get into genetic engineering, fated love, eco-terrorism, loyalty, isolation, human nature, climate change…some pretty heavy themes. But would you describe the series as a difficult read?
I don’t think so, but certainly some parts were hard to write – like about Riley missing her dad and her sister. I still cry when I read those parts. And in the second book, an eco-terrorist is introduced, and some terrible things happen in the book. So yeah, there’s definitely a heaviness to some of what the characters are dealing with. But they’re teenagers, and their youth is sort of a tonic against everything they’re dealing with. They still care about their friends. They still want to hang out, tell stories, joke around. They are still very interested in falling in love. I think my writing style is naturally light and breezy, so it’s sort of a counterpoint to the storyline. If that makes sense, lol.

Q: What’s your favorite part of this series?
Riley and Finn’s relationship. They have so much on their plates, and they’re so young, but they genuinely care for each other in a way that makes me ache.

Q: What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have three large, unruly boys who like to play every sport and eat as much food as possible. When I’m not at my computer, I’m busy carting them around and grocery shopping. But I also love to relax with a great book or television show – I am currently completely obsessed with Riverdale, OMG!!!
Thanks for having me! Happy reading!!!

Author Bio:
Leigh Walker lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Journalism and a law degree. She's never been to the Naval Shipyard prison in Kittery, ME, but she's driven by it...and boy, is it creepy!

Leigh has lots of books planned for The Division Series. Sign up for her mailing list at www.leighwalkerbooks.com to be notified of the next release in the series! You can also find her on The Division's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/divisionbookseries/


Monday, September 18, 2017

Review of SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY ~ Perfect in so many ways :)

Published September 5th, 2017 by Graydon House
ISBN 1525811355
Hardcover, 384 pages
With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment.
“It's simple, really. You're just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we're doing one right now…”
Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she'd once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.
Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn't want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission…
One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie's convinced it's impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences—and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men—Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there's still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly's about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.

May you overlook the cheesiness 🧀 of this review, please.

Eva Woods hit a home run with
Something Like Happy. It had me in a snare unable to free myself from its grasp until the conclusion, though the end, I must admit was the most distressing portion since never before had I gotten this entwined with characters in a book. Throughout the book, the author has a lot of talent at tinkering with the reader's emotions. Consequently, as you follow along with Annie and Polly on their 100 days of happiness you go through an intense gamut of emotions from fear, anger, sadness, joy, and of course happiness. Furthermore, the ingenious way the characters are written you feel as if you have known them your whole life. You will have a ball reading about the numerous Laugh out loud whirlwind of adventures they tackled.

The books set up is clever with each chapter being a day in the 100 days of happiness, no more no less. Additionally, with a wonderful plot, explicitly contemporary, and original as they get. I found the author to be creative in more ways than one. Hence, proficient creativity in her wording, ideas, and much more. Whereas, I was surprised by the number of lessons regarding life that I not only learned but intend to implement into my own. I have each important page marked with a tab, underlined, and notes in the margins. Therefore, I definitely will be rereading this book. For me, it was a fiction self-help book the only type I could stand.

There was one flaw that had to do when Polly needed assistance with her breathing. Where the author went wrong was using a ventilator with a mask for Noninvasive ventilation instead of a BIPAP Machine which is what is used to give positive airway pressure with a mask. Whereas, ventilators are used when a patient is intubated or has an endotracheal tube. Why do I know this? I happen to be a Respiratory Therapist. Probably the only reader who even noticed this was me.     

Eva Woods was inspired to write SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY after surviving her own brush with cancer and the breakdown of her marriage. Woods lives in London, where she teaches creative writing and regularly contributes to Marie Claire UK, xoJane, and other publications.  She likes wine, pop music, and holidays, and thinks online dating is like the worst board game ever invented.

Monday, September 11, 2017

NiGHT COURT ~ You may proceed

Paperback, 84 pages
Published 2017 by Glass Lyre Press
ISBN13 9781941783344

Night Court by Erica Goss was the winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award

Night Court leaves us hungry for more of the poet’s open, probing, leaping intelligence, her ‘wild associations’ and surprises in the unexpected ‘shivering’ sweetness of a love story where ‘joy scrambles sadness.’ We hear ‘the clatter of souls entering bodies’ and experience ‘spring’s lizard stealth’ as sadness, longing and reluctance are transformed by breath-stopping beauty. Like a creature in the forest, the poet will ‘rub my cheek against the night.’ And she reminds us a prince waits, perhaps for centuries, until we wake.”
—Susan G. Wooldridge, author of poemcrazy: freeing your life with words

“’No more / mindless syrup blunting / raw edges, // no more disguising things / with bland counterparts.’ The poems in Night Court are often starkly rendered, tough yet sensitive. Deeply imaginative, the poems describe a feral world also experienced by children, a world of hungry ghosts, magic, beasts and violence. ‘There’s a crack at the edge / of the world where the dark // and comic leak through’ Goss takes us to this illuminating place.”
— Robert S. Pesich, President, Poetry Center San Jose

Available on Amazon

The evidence will show...

Night Court was an impressive book of poems yet for me who’s still learning the interpreting skills of poetry I did find some of the poems obscure. Additionally, the author used little reservation regarding the different types of concepts that constructed her poems. Therefore, you will run the gamut of emotions as you read through this book of poems, some are deep in meaning others bold. The book is broken up into five sections each section has a varying number of poems. Do you enjoy poetry? I bet you will devour Night Court in one sitting. Thus, use the Amazon link above to get your copy now.

May the record reflect this is one of the top poems from the book:


No doctor can explain
the irregular, cavorting pulse
of my son’s heart,
its refusal to beat
like other hearts.
It writes in spikes
of code rolling
across graph paper,
telling us about
the lion and the lamb
that live in his chest.
And so he carries
the mystery of his heart
like a visitor from the future
where people understand
its off-beat rhythm,
a heart ahead of its time.

Erica Goss is a poet and freelance writer. She served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award, Wild Place, and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. Recent work appears in Lake Effect, Atticus Review, Contrary, Eclectica, The Red Wheelbarrow, Main Street Rag, Pearl, Rattle, Wild Violet, and Comstock Review, among others. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls:. Please visit her website, Facebook page, LinkedIn, and Vimeo.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Everything We Lost
by Valerie Geary
Published August 22nd, 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Paperback, 480 pages

Lucy Durant was only fourteen-years-old when she lost her older brother. First to his paranoid delusions as he became increasingly obsessed with UFOs and government conspiracies. Then, permanently, when he walked into the desert outside Bishop, California, and never returned.

Now on the tenth anniversary of Nolan's mysterious disappearance, Lucy is still struggling with guilt and confusion--her memories from that period are blurry and obscured by time, distance, and alcohol. Now an adult, she's stuck in a holding pattern, hiding out at her father's house, avoiding people, and doing whatever she can to keep herself from thinking about Nolan. But when a series of unsettling events leads Lucy back to Bishop, she is forced to reconcile with her estranged mother and come to terms with the tangled memories of her past to discover what really happened to her brother all those years ago.

Told in Lucy and Nolan's alternating voices, Everything We Lost is a psychological mystery exploring family, beliefs, obsessions, the nature of memory, and fear of the unknown--a haunting, compelling story that will resonate with readers long after the last page is turned.

It has been since the 1980’s when Whitley Strieber’s book Communion scarred me to the point of sleeping with the lights on that I read a book with a plot that in any way pertained to UFO’s. Therefore, when I had the opportunity to review EVERYTHING WE LOST I jumped at the chance because it had been too many decades of avoiding UFO books plus it also sounded like a good mystery. Unquestionably, I conquered any fear that had still been lurking in my brain regarding UFOs. Whereas, other matters can be misleading.

One strange event is an anomaly, two is a fluke, three is a pattern and we should probably start paying attention

If you are a fan of UFO books this could be a book for you. If you are a fan of books that are cryptic with no closure at any point this book could be for you. However, this was not a book for me and I shall explain why. Throughout the first half the plot was engaging holding my attention after that it begun to feel repetitive in the peculiar way the story was advancing. For instance, the main parts of the story were told by Lucy in the present and Nolan from ten years in the past, yet predicaments or pertinent facts repeated time and again causing redundancy. Also, other minor characters helped in that process. Consequently, another downer component of the story was the author's need to leave sizable chunks of the plot left unfinished though I kept on blazing through thinking at least the pertinent sections would find closure. Nope! Basically, I felt the author got so absorbed in the descriptiveness that she neglected completeness or that's her writing style. Finally, if you are in search of a large dose of paranoia this book is the whereabouts to obtain a Paranoia Pacific Dream (Whisky Cocktail).

In Conclusion, this is just my opinion and reality, so thank’s for stopping by!

For What is reality but a construct of our own minds?

Valerie Geary is the author of Crooked River, an Oregon Book Award Finalist and Indie Next Great Read. Now out in paperback! Her short stories have appeared in The Rumpus, Day One, Menda City Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Foundling Review, the UK publication Litro, and others. Her second novel, Everything We Lost will be released in August 2017.

She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband. In addition to writing, reading, and all things chocolate, Valerie enjoys gardening, hiking, sailing, cycling, and playing disc golf.

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