May 30

Tattoo love

May 30

My First Caricature

May 27


May 26

Elephant Love

May 24

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

I have to say this is one of my absolute favorite songs. – It can’t get any better than Leonard Cohen

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord

But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift

The baffled king composing “Hallelujah”

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 2]
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 3]
Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor

I used to live alone before I knew you
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 4]
There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?

And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too

And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 5]
You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?

There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 6]
Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you

And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 7]
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you

And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

May 24

Worth Dying for by Kory M Shrum

Book Blurb~

A supernworth dying foratural suspense novel about a snarky anti-heroine and her motley crew trying to stop the unstoppable. The fifth novel in the popular Dying for a Living series, Worth Dying For picks up two months after the events of Dying Light.
The gang is in New York and much to Jesse’s surprise, they are all still alive. Jesse, Ally, Rachel, Gideon and Maisie have managed to stay off of Caldwell’s radar for months. But when your enemy can control minds and teleport, there isn’t a safe place in the world where you can hide. They have a plan for stopping him once and for all, but it will require a 2500-mile road trip to Cochise, Arizona, the abandoned military base where it all began.
Can they arrive in the desert safely and execute their plan? Or will they be foiled by the traitor in their midst?

My Thoughts~5star

Once again the world of Jesse Sullivan sucked me in. I was very grateful I had taken Friday and Monday off this week, because I couldn’t put it down.

The fifth installment definitely does not disappoint.  Jesse is still on the run from Caldwell, yet at the same time trying to figure out how to trap him. This time she has the help of Ally, Gideon, Maisie, Gloria and Rachel as they set out to trap Caldwell and kill him. Unfortunately there are several obstacles along the way. For one, Gideon and Rachel get separated from the rest of the group right off the bat.

This book is no different from the others in that it is told from multiple points of view, however this time it is Jesse and Rachel, instead of Jesse and Ally.

At several points we get taken back into Rachel and Jesse’s memories of how they came to be where they are right now. Rachel’s horrific abuse by Chaplain and how Jesse came to be in her life (via Brinkley).

There is lots of action and heart pounding suspense as you follow Jesse and Rachel, on two separate paths from New York to Arizona, where Gloria depicts the ultimate showdown. Jesse is still snarky, sarcastic and as funny as ever, even while on the run for her life.

There is also a love story here, although somewhat in the background due to the continuous life threatening action, but not unimportant, because Jesse has realized she loves Ally and will do anything to keep her alive. Even if it means Jesse has to die. There are sweet and tender moments between the two of them despite all the chaos and you can’t help but root for them to find their happily ever after.

But we’re left with a cliff hanger ending that will only leave you wanting more. I’m already anxiously awaiting book 6.

If you haven’t read this series yet, I recommend you do so… now.  But start with book 1. Dying for a Living. Which is free on Amazon right now!

May 24

The Owl

May 24

Shadows in the Water by Kory M Shrum

Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of Kory Shrum and the Jesse Sullivan series. I had an opportunity to read her latest book, Shadows in the Water as an Arc in exchange for an honest review but I think you’ll find this story is nothing like the Jesse Sullivan series.

It starts out kind of slow, and jumps around a lot between characters, even though the book is truly following Lou, who has a special talent (gift? curse?) for disappearing into the shadows and appearing elsewhere, wherever she sets her mind to – at least most of the time anyway. She doesn’t always have complete control of it. But she takes it upon herself to use this talent to punish those who took away the only people she’s ever loved.

It was very difficult to get to know her, or even like her very much, despite knowing how horrific it was for her to witness her parent’s deaths. I think that is by design. She’s hard, and cold, and very calculated, and she doesn’t want anyone to get too close. But as the main character, it was difficult to find a way to identify with her. I identified more with Lucy, her aunt, who also has this same talent.

There isn’t a lot of action until about halfway through the book, and then it moves pretty quickly as Lou starts to learn the truth about her parent’s deaths. She also starts to thaw a bit later in the book as she realizes that maybe she doesn’t want to be as alone as she has been.

She is enlisted to help Robert King, a retired DEA agent who worked with her father, to work on another case that may or may not have ties to her parent’s. King is a bit like Brinkley from the Jesse Sullivan series. He wants to take Lou under his wing, but he doesn’t know how to reach her.

This book doesn’t have any of the snarky sarcasm that Jesse has. It’s not much on laughs and is much darker, with more descriptive deaths of the men she hunts.

I hope we get to know Lou a bit better in future books, and hopefully, she starts to thaw even more toward the people in her life. Also, there is no romance in this story, although it looks like there may be room for some in future books.

I look forward to reading more in this series. I definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of Kory’s books. Just know that it’s not the same as what she’s written in the past. And that’s definitely not a bad thing.

May 24

The Lion

May 24

Boundary Lines by Melissa F Olson

Book Blurb~

boundary lines

Fitting into the Old World isn’t going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire’s service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers.

Was it murder…or mutiny?

The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming.

My Thoughts~4star

I love Olson’s Old World stories, however this one started out a bit too slow, but it does a good job at setting the stage for future books.

“Lex” Luther has finally accepted she comes from Old World stock – at least for the most part and is committed as ever to keeping her niece Charlie, who is a null, safe. She has given her allegiance to the local vampire master, in order to have protection for Charlie. Even if it means alienating her new friends in the witch coven she truly should belong in, well if it weren’t for the fact that she has death magic and everyone is too scared to befriend her.  But as she finds out more about her magic, she begins to learn more about the three good friends she does have, things she’s not sure she wanted to know. But all that will have to wait, because there is a new threat in town and she has no one else to turn to.

Lex has a lot of baggage, and it’s amazing she’s still standing on two feet most days given her history in the military, losing her twin sister to a murdering lunatic, saving the town she won’t give up on, and most of all protecting the one person she loves most in the world, her niece. But Lex gets right back up and lives another day to fight the local evil that seems to think Charlie is their salvation. Lex promised her sister she would take care of her family and that’s what she’s doing.

I love Olson’s world building and I really enjoyed the Scarlet Bernard series, but this one is moving a bit slow for me. Lex is a great character, stronger than anyone in her situation would probably be but it took a long time to get to any action in this one, despite all the running around she did to set the stage.

Granted, when you’re dealing with Wolves, Vampires and Witches everything is fantastical, however this one seems a little over the top with another extremely fantastical monster just waiting in the wings and kind of felt like a repeat of a 90’s B movie.

I definitely plan to keep reading this series, and look forward to the next one. Hopefully we’ll get into more about Lex’s magic, what she can do with it, and how she can show the local clans that she’s not their enemy. I’d like to see more interaction with her dead sister, who she can talk to in her dreams given the Blood magic Lex holds and a bit more about how she will navigate her relationship with Quinn, (her Vampire partner) and the man she is falling for.

Definitely worth reading, however start with Boundary Crossed – or even better start with Dead Spots, the series that started it all.