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Friday, April 27, 2012

'The Jakarta Pandemic' by Steven Konkoly

Hello All- Happy Friday All...plans?? What is going on in your lives? Really?

Back to Me...

Well, I am soccer free this weekend..I know. We have a break. Why? Because my loyal Minions, try outs are on the way. Yes, this is the time of year when I slap a number on my Darling's backs and send them out to please whoever is watching. Do I enjoy? NO. Do I want to throw them in the car and send a parting signal to all the adults involved? Yep...sadly my 13 and 15 yr old WANT TO DO THIS.

That's right, they enjoy this nightmare.

Seriously, isn't there someone out there like me at all?????

The only positive of this whole hellish experience is I get to read, a lot. I ignore the tryouts, the coach's and the God Awful parental units who would give their eye teeth to have my children as theirs. Take em! I will take the kids who would rather be at home watching TV and texting about the stupidity of their parents.


Now on to my review...

'In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from Indonesia and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe.


With his family and home prepared for an extended period of seclusion, Alex has few real concerns about the growing pandemic. But as the deadliest pandemic in human history ravages northern New England and starts to unravel the fabric of their Maine neighborhood, he starts to realize that the flu itself is the least of his problems.

A mounting scarcity of food and critical supplies turns most of the neighbors against him, and Alex is forced to confront their unexpected hostility before it goes too far. Just when he thinks it can’t get any worse, the very face of human evil arrives on Durham Rd. and threatens to plunge them all into a personal nightmare. Alex and his few remaining friends will band together to protect their families from a threat far deadlier than the flu, as they edge closer to the inevitable confrontation that will test the limits of their humanity. '
(Amazon description)

Where are the Zombies? Werewolves? Serial Killers? Crazy PTA Moms???? Not here......

The year is 2013. The story surrounds Alex Fletcher. He is a Iraq War veteran who is now a med rep for a flu vaccine company. Alex has been warned this pandemic was coming . He quit his job, stocked up on anti flu medication. He has a stock room so prepared with disaster supplies it makes FireDaddy weep with envy!

Alex has a wife, couple of kids, lives in a suburban neighborhood. Everyone assumes this threat is nothing but hyped up nonsense...then it hits.

The majority of the story takes place in the neighborhood. It is frightening yet fascinating to watch how desperate folks become.

I could not put this book down. I had it on two separate kindles. One in purse, one in house.   I can eat a bowl of cereal, and read my kindle with only spilling twice.

Frankly, I'm kind of a big deal that way.

For those that fear the lack of sparkly vampires will bore you to tears..fear not.

Swashbuckling Bodice Ripping readers...the relationship between Alex and  wife is realistic. However, it's smoochy enough to keep you happy....so put your Book O Shame down and read this instead.

The author has managed to make a thriller out of a extreme possibility. My day job is at a clinic. It took me a few days to stop flinching every time I heard a cough, but I'm doing alright now. I think.

Read this book. Might be time to start making a game plan.


5 stars





Thursday, April 19, 2012

'Idol Hands'- Cynthia Hill

Hello All-


I greet you from the disgusting , vile , wet Washington weather. Yep. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it.
I almost hate it as much as that hideous song by The Wanted (yes..I had to look it up..)...which I hear constantly.


I have teens...the only part of their annoying tune that makes me smile is one line..and it goes like this, "Hand you another drink. Drink it if you can". You'll have to hand me more than one...gah!!

I speak of this as my review is Idol Hands by Cynthia Hill...Do not judge the book by it's cover..DO NOT!!!



"Tara can pinpoint the moment when everything in her life changed: it was when she fell in love with Aidan Forrest - who just happened to be a part of the biggest boy band in the world, Idol Hands. She spent two years as his "secret girlfriend," hiding from the media to protect his career, until he broke up with her, breaking her heart, and leaving behind a secret that Tara has never shared.



Fourteen years after their breakup, she's in a bad marriage, and a dead-end job. When she sees a television documentary in which Aidan confesses that he still loves her, she makes a life-changing decision: she leaves her husband to go and find Aidan. With no real plan of attack it's not going to be easy, but Tara knows that she can't give up" (Amazon description)

Idol Hands...what can you say? At first it looks like a silly Bridget Jones story: some adult woman had a fling as a kid with a New Kid on the Block type. She is stuck in a boring marriage..blah..blah.

 
One night, she is watching some documentary on the boy band. She hears her old boyfriend say he had always loved her. Off she goes, four hundred bucks in hand, ditching her husband and heading across country to find what she assumes is love of her life.


The woman is a compete narcissist .The book is written in journal form. I completely made the assumpton that she was a goofy, immature, Tigerbeat-magazine-loving nitwit. I rolled my eyes so many times I'm amazed I could close them to sleep.


I had to hang in there to see what happened.


Somewhere in the middle, this book takes such a extreme turn, it is jaw dropping. I can't say much more as it would give all away, but I am begging, pleading for someone to read this book and discuss. I finished this a couple weeks ago, and I am still thinking about it. Dare I admit, I even emailed the author with a "Holy $$%&! What was that?"
 This book was amazing. It will stay with you for a while. Read it. . .now.


I'm waiting...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

MODERN WOMEN (20th Century Series, Book #4) - Ruth Harris

Hello All.....well, today it has hit a whopping 61 degrees in Snohomish Washington...break out the SPF 100, emerge from your cave's....because the rain is coming and we will be right back to where we usually are 90% of the year....

Too negative? Tough. It is Monday eve and I am fully in my,"Why is the weekend over???" mode.

Thank the Gods above for my Kindle...Kindle hears me weep in frustration...Kindle keeps me from being bored to tears...I declare my love daily to my Kindle(s).

Thank you- you fantastic authors, from preventing this Anti-Soccer Mom from going postal.

Now on with the review!!!




LOVE! ROMANCE! DRAMA!



If you enjoy involving, can't-put-it-down fiction, you will love Ruth Harris’s million-copy New York Times bestseller, MODERN WOMEN (20th Century Series, Book #4).


Beginning with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/63, MODERN WOMEN is about three women—and the men—who live and love during these dramatic and exciting times.


Lincky Desmond: She marries Mr. Right—only to risk it all for Mr. Wrong.


Elly McGrath: She is loyal and idealistic but when faced with the ultimate betrayal, will she be able to stand up for herself?


Jane Gresh: Bawdy, talented and determined not to be ignored, she manages to shock the entire country.


Owen Casals: Handsome, successful, magnetic. He marries one, betrays another and makes one of them very, very rich. (Amazon Description)


I started this book not knowing what I was getting into. Honestly, I thought it was a ,”Sex in the City” from the 60’s to 80’s. What surprised me most? This was a smart story that has it all.

Each woman represents a ,”type” from that era.  The girl who goes to college to meet the husband, the loud liberal feminist, the girl who wants to be the boss in a man’s world…only to go about it in a negative manner.

Then there is Owen. I imagine Owen as a George Clooney who is a smuck (my George is NOT a smuck so be quiet FireDaddy!!!). I would call him other vile names but we are trying to keep this blog somewhat clean...sigh…He is a complete womanizer, yet is an integral part in this story.


There is quite a bit of history in this story. Each chapter begins with a time table of events that occurred in the year of these women’s lives.

There are plenty of  love scenes for you Smutty Smuts. It does not overwhelm the story ( I retreat to my 11 yr old catholic girl guilted self ) but it definitely descriptive.

I enjoyed this book immensely. So much so, I turned around and bought #1,2,3,and 5 of the series.


There is no reason to read them in order as each book represents a different, “era” in history.


Covers are shame free and well done. You know what a snob I can be.

 
Read the book, for you Prudes say a Hail Mary during the smutty scenes..you’ll survive.

Friday, April 13, 2012

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

'Wanted: Dead or Undead' by Angela Scott

Look at me!! Back already!! Amazing how hard I will work when I am doing everything I possibly can not to go running...SLACKER...that is I. I have nothing to prove to you people....

Wait!! Wait!! Come back....Who loves a Sparkly Vampire who ruins teenage girls lives?????
Wanted: Dead or UndeadWell, I sure as hell don't. That is why I picked up Angela's Scott's FANTASTIC book.....

As you know, I have been mourning the end of my Walking Dead program. I have a love/hate feeling towards Zombie's. I love that they are scary, and you have to run and they can hurt you. I hate they are so blasted disgusting to look at, well, and they're cannibals. Really, there is icky, then there is revolting.

Trace Monroe doesn’t believe in luck. He never has. But when a fiery-headed cowgirl saunters through the saloon doors, wielding shotguns and a know-how for killing the living dead, he believes he just may be the luckiest man alive.
Trace wants to join Red’s posse, but she prefers to work alone—less messy that way. In order to become her travelling companion, Trace has to agree to her terms: no names, no questions, and if he gets bit, he can’t beg for mercy when she severs his brain stem.
He agrees, knowing only that Red is the sharpest shooter he’s ever encountered. The fact she’s stunning hasn’t escaped his attention either.
What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she IS the answer.
                                                                                                                                (Amazon description)

It's the Wild West meets Walking Dead. It is non-stop action. I had no clue a book could provide the same thrill as watching people run from these...creatures. I found myself yelling, "Run you stupid boy!!"..It is that exciting.

The ,"fiery-red cowgirl" is a Zombie killer so to speak. She has lost everything and unique abilities that keep her alive. The Cowboy teams up with her, not for the right reasons, and further characters join.

Serious excitement folks. I read well into the morn (look at me! Home on the range lingo!)..through breakfast, through dinner. Done. Done...to only find out there is not a number 2 out yet. FireDaddy breathes a sigh of relief.

For you Smoochy Swashbuckling Pirate peeps, there is romance, but not so much that your thanking Sweet Jesus you have a kindle.

Again, what is my  #1 commandment????
"I shall invest in decent cover shall I ever want anyone besides my Mom to read my book".

If you are fortunate to have a spouse who reads ( I am not- yet he cleans so whatever) this is a book all shall enjoy. Kids? Your discretion. I am the worst Mother in the world and frankly if the 10 yr old reads anything I am thrilled...so leave that hall light on, they'll need it.