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Friday, February 24, 2012

Bad Luck Cadet by Suzie Ivy

Hello All- I write from my deathbed....not really, but I have a hideous sore throat and am quite positive death is near.....

Eldest has just turned 15 and has begun driver's ed. Is this a bad thing? No..Am I discouraging it like many other annoying parents? Absolutely NOT. I am so sick of driving to Hell and back in the name of soccer I can't see straight.


However- do I want to drive with child? God,NO!!! We have been on one drive together..the last time I was in the car with new driver was when I was the new driver! White knuckling it the whole way- internally sobbing...rolling of eyes...that was the 1st block. We had 10 miles to go....This will pass...this will pass.


Well, like many others I am stuck...stuck...stuck...stuck. I am 38 have 3 kids and one husband (who would want 2? Gah!) ) ..and 3 German Shepards...oh..and those 2 damn cats (Eldest child's ..not mine). So I am lucky, I have a house over thy head, heat, and food. However, like I tell FireDaddy (husband).."It's Grounds hog Day"..meaning it's the same day over and over...wake up..work...drive to kid's function..rinse and repeat.



Surfing my pixelink.com site...and came across Suzie Ivy's book....the cover was pink with what looked like a frightened blond babe on it...then the name...uummm...Bad Cadet? There is so many ways one can interpret this....



At the age of twenty-five you have your whole life in front of you. When you’re forty-four years old, forty pounds overweight, and laying in bed with a broken hip, what do you have? Depression, red wine and no future, or so Suzie Ivy thought.



An advertisement on a drugstore bulletin board changed Suzie’s thinking and lands her in the police academy. Was she out of her mind? No, and she decided to live up to the challenge. The biggest question; is the Police Academy ready for Suzie Ivy? 
(Amazon description)

Started this book in the evening...stayed up way to late..read the rest early in the morning and caffeinated myself straight to work....

I needed this book like diabetic needs insulin. The timing for it was fantastic. I always thought I would be in a profession that kept me physical and made a difference. Even though I love my co-workers, ending up in a office is the last place I would have ever imagined myself to be. I have a Princess schedule. I work 5-6 hours a day..and it had a tendency to feel like 12. I certainly don't hate it , but being in a office is so far from where I should be. It works for what I need to do for now...I guess...

I'm not going to lie, I have thought ,"well, I'm 38..that ship has sailed- I have 3 kids...whoa is me"...then I read Suzie Ivy's memoir...holy cow!! It's not to late folks..you just have to want it...and tell your family to get over it..your doing it.

Suzie was nothing if not honest. This wasn't a woman who came into the academy, guns blazing (the scene where she screamed after shooting a gun..HAHAHAHA!!). The physical tests she had to endure were unbelievable. I found her age to be a bonus...only someone in their 40's would laugh when a  police instructor (Drill Sergent) is screaming a insult regarding her hair. It was funny...but boy, did she pay. I would have laughed too.
I couldn't believe Suzie's ability to keep her temper in check. Their were moments where some folks sounded like smart mouth teenage girls...anyone who knows me ...really knows me, knows I WILL SNAP LIKE THAT!!!!

The police procedure was interesting also. FireDaddy said it was similar to fire academy, as I had to read some of this to him due to the fact he will not read one blasted book.

There were very touching moments regarding her family and one of her fellow cadets.
I am not one who usually reads a memoir as I tend to choose escapism..murder...zombie's..healthy stuff, but this was a great read.

Now Boy's...I know it's pink...I know it looks girly but load it on your kindle or smarty pants phones and no one will ever know. This is a book everyone will enjoy.

Even though Suzie routinely states that she came in last in many of the physical tests, in my mind she came out first. Honestly, she kind of puts Wonder Woman to shame ...

Book #2 comes out soon...I believe she said it is about her first year at the police station...look for it..

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"Devil Makes Three" series- by Julie Mangan (author) and Arthur Nelson (Illustrator)

Hola my Worshippers!!!!

What have you done today?? Drive your Brats around? Go grocery shopping? Make nice with fellow sports parents?

Well, not ME!! I stayed in jammies all day and read a book...I have read 3 books this weekend..as there is NO soccer, one kid is down with cold...and there ya go. Guilt? Nope.....Jealous? I am sure you are...

Now on to the book review...........






Can a woman date a man with Multiple Personality Disorder and still call herself a one-man woman?
This question plagues Gretchen Tanner as she finds her life inundated with a tasty man who all at once is an assassin, aiding and abetting her in vengeful homicide; an FBI officer, trying to nail her for the crime; and a criminology professor, trying to teach her the basics of the topic.


To make matters worse, one of the personalities has discovered her darkest secret (other than homicide). He knows she’s robbing graves in the family cemetery, and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants in exchange for his silence.


Gretchen’s once independent life has been shattered by the arrival of her unorthodox suitor. And the most pressing problem? She’s not sure she can say no to any of them.  (Amazon summary)
 

So I picked up the first book ,"Devil Makes Three" last Friday...yep..2 days ago. (FYI- book is free on Amazon- not sure how much longer)..BACK TO ME..

 Now- all who know me,  I am kind of a big deal, know I am a cover SNOB. Cover rated a B...cute but looked like it would be a silly romance...I don't care for silly romances...so I assumed I would read a couple of chapters and delete..

Hooked from chapter one...The main character is a 23 yr old who is going to school, working at her folks funeral home and trying to figure out what she is going to do for the rest of her life.

She had a twin sister who was killed when she was 8- so there are all kinds of family dysfunction.
Gretchen feels she must stay and help her folks with the business even thought she resents it on a daily basis.
On the other hand, she helps herself to the deceased possessions to fund her schooling...seriously, digging them up and taking their jewels. Where their going they don't need them right???

She meets Corbin in a very unusual way...then she meet Collin , her Professor....then Cohen the FBI agent. Oddly, they all look exactly the same. As a reader, I couldn't figure out if this guy has 3 personalities, or were they twins and one had dual personalities??? Keeps you guessing...then you figure out what is going on.

The dialogue between characters is fannntastic.. Even with all the constant change of characters and many story lines, I never got lost. The main character is not She-Ra, she is fairly normal. She tends to dip into the ...ummm...not so legal way of life, yet refuses to leave her parents hanging with the family business.

For you Swashbuckling pirate readers ( you know who you are) there is romance involved...however, not a lot of ...severe romance. Again, I am no prude, but when you have to figure out how someone can bend a certain way , or get your anatomy book out to figure out .."what is that??!" it gets old. 

Prudes and Smutty Lovers ...UNITE!

I could go on and on....however, that would ruin the story. These books were fun and extremely addicting. The cover seems very feminine, but I think their are a lot of men who would enjoy these to.

So fake a illness, stay home from work, kids practices..whatever and start reading....once you start you won't be able to put these down.......