Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Reviews Are In

I haven't posted for a while, not quite knowing what to post, so, today I thought I'd get all the latest reviews down in one place. At the end, should anyone wish to check, you can hit the link for Ascension where the reviews can be verified. Trill and others had some nice reviews too, but I'll get to them at another time.

Ascension gathered some nice reviews lately.



The story unfolds with a woman who is a 'touch' clairvoyant & who's past had opened her eyes to 'supernaturals' in the world. Starting with Vampires - and the world they inhabit - and control, down to the revelation of her role within the supernatural. From a woman struggling with her own relationship issues - to being wanted suddenly by many! I thought this would be just another vamp love story - but I was SO WRONG! This is an amazing series - as I finished this book, I went on line and bought the other 3... immediately! The writing is so strong I can almost 'be' her - and it moves so quickly - yet I have no problem in keeping all the characters in order! This may just well be my fav series for the year!!!
This review was done by "Shirl B" and was given 5 STARS.

Sabrina Strong was anything but normal. Being born a touch clairvoyant, she was considered a freak by her peers, and basically shunned most of her life. So when she answered an ad for a company searching for a clairvoyant, the last thing she expected was to become the center of attention, males swooning all over her. But wait . . they’re vampires, werewolves, and shape- shifters. What the hell did she get into?

I really enjoyed this novel. It has a solid mystery story wrapped around the paranormal. As Sabrina tracks down the person killing vampires with a crossbow, she finds her past catching up with her. Who is Vasyl, and what does he want with her? What does he have to do with her mother who disappeared years ago? For being mostly dead vampires, the characters are alive and vibrant. Suddenly, Sabrina finds herself surrounded by hunky men,and they all want a piece of her. Bell does a great job with the sexual tension between the different characters. My favorite is Dante. Yum!. As some questions were answered, other questions remain. That’s why I bought book two. Is Sabrina really the sibyl? And what of Nicolas? Is he really on Tremayne’s side?

If this book had some additional proofreading and editing, it would be a 5 star novel. I had issues with some of the sentence structures as they seemed backwards and awkward.

If you’re in the mood for a good thriller with larger than life paranormal characters, you should read this series. I give it 4 feathers.

Sahara Foley's review can be read here:


This was a very good book and a very hard one to put down. The story line was very exciting with a lot of drama and adventure. This was a very good book.
Published 2 days ago by Debs - 5 stars

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Stupid Humans Interfering With Nature

Visitors cited for touching wildlife and fined $110 at Yellowstone National Park

If you didn't hear about this, well, it's going to get you angry. It did me and my husband.

This baby bison was euthanized after tourist found it alone, and thought it needed help. Here, in the picture, you can see they put it in their car. This happened in Yellowstone, one of the largest and best places to see wildlife in the US.

Here is the story:

A bison calf that tourists loaded into their vehicle at Yellowstone National Park because they were concerned for its welfare could not be reunited with its herd and had to be euthanized, park officials said Monday as they reasserted the importance of avoiding wildlife.
The incident last week and several other recent cases led to fresh warnings that park rules require visitors to stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife and 100 yards from bears and wolves.
Visitors brought the newborn calf to a park facility on May 9, which officials called a dangerous move because adult bison are protective and will attack to defend their young. Rangers took the animal back to where it was picked up, but they could not get it back with the herd after several tries.
"The bison calf was later euthanized because it was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway," the park said in a statement.
The visitors were cited for touching park wildlife and fined $110, Yellowstone spokeswoman Charissa Reid said. She declined to name the visitors or issue a copy of the citation amid the investigation.
In another recent high-profile case, a woman was seen on video trying to pet an adult bison as it rested on the boardwalk around Old Faithful. In another, tourists posed for photos dangerously close to bison that had caused a traffic jam on a road.
I've often said that certain people who visit such places shouldn't be allowed to. Because they don't understand nature. Dennis and I, being managers of a simple county park, have seen some stupid things done as well. We have had people drop of all sorts of animals, like domesticated rabbits, and there've been the occasional cat, and who know what all. Once, my husband found dead baby squirrels wrapped in a blanked in the outhouse. Someone had left it there, had even left a message on our phone. Whatever happened to the squirrels' mother, it was better to leave the matter up to nature. Nature takes care of its own.
In the above I'm amazed these people didn't get gored by the mother. That would have been the lesson in their stupidity. I thought the fine wasn't steep enough. At least they were told to leave!
People do the stupidest things when it comes to wild life. I've heard of a father putting ice cream over the face of his daughter so that he could get a picture of the bear licking it off her face (I suppose he thought it was a pet dog, or something). Guess what? The bear chose to EAT her face.
Yellowstone is one of the best parks to watch wild life. And I mean WATCH. From your car, or a safe distance. A bison can run at a dead heat 35 mph., and it weighs 2 tons--as much as a bus. A bear has claws as long, or longer than a human finger. I would not think twice about letting one lick me.
So, when you go out into the wilds, or just a park, think twice about feeding anything, or getting up close and personal. These are not pets. If an animal's babies are abandoned, there may be a reason. In a lot of cases, human scent on an animal, or bird, will make the mother abandon a newborn. I wouldn't want this on my conscience. 
I didn't include the link to these people explaining on TV why they did this. I think they're a bunch of morons!



Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Best Review Ever!

Most of us writers--well, maybe all of us--need stroking, a little kindness of words, someone other than another writer, friend, or relative to say something about our book(s) to give our works their due.

I finally got number 14 review over night and believe me, she says everything I've been saying all along about my books

Sabrina Strong series
is NOT a 
Cookie Cutter Vampire Romance!

here is the review:
"The story unfolds with a woman who is a 'touch' clairvoyant & who's past had opened her eyes to 'supernaturals' in the world. Starting with Vampires - and the world they inhabit - and control, down to the revelation of her role within the supernatural. From a woman struggling with her own relationship issues - to being wanted suddenly by many! I thought this would be just another vamp love story - but I was SO WRONG! This is an amazing series - as I finished this book, I went on line and bought the other 3... immediately! The writing is so strong I can almost 'be' her - and it moves so quickly - yet I have no problem in keeping all the characters in order! This may just well be my fav series for the year!!!"

See it here
for anyone who has not read the books, this is the best review so far to come in. 

And by the way, there's a fifth book out, which Shirl B must not have seen. It is Crescendo


Bill Gannon is dead. 

The good news is the dhampire will be born, but not through who you'd expect. When Vasyl learns what Sabrina has done, it creates a rift between them. 

After donating her plasma in order to save Tremayne, and surviving Nicolas' attempt on her life, a group of black witches abduct her and begin draining her of her powers. She's near death when Dante stops them, and he and Vasyl return her home. Dante has a way to return her powers, but in a way that Vasyl isn't pleased with. 

After introducing Vasyl to her brother, wife and children, she warns him about vampires who will try and hurt them. But these warnings go unheeded when they get invitation for what they think is an all expenses paid weekend in Tremayne Towers. With the vampire war raging all around them, the ultimate confontation with Ilona Tremayne is at hand.

P.S. I would love for a nice review of this book. It hasn't gotten any as of yet, and has been out since April.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fat Bumble Bees

The bumble bees around here are big and fat, my husband and I have noticed. It's like they've taken steroids. You have to get out of their way when they fly because they may give you a concussion. They're large enough to carry off small dogs and children... well, not that big. Around here they nest under ground, so it behooves a gardener to watch where a bumble bee is heading before moving rocks or other things.

My husband has a story of when he was very young, he stole play money from somewhere, and when he went to retrieve it under a rock, he got stung by a bumble. He never did that again--um steal, that is. And, he's never been stung by one again, and always "saves" them if they are trapped inside somewhere.



In the woodland garden, meanwhile, my project is coming along, but the deer seem to love everything I plant. I had dug up some phlox from the ditch, transplanted 4 large plants and found to my dismay that deer do, indeed, love these. One plant was pretty much stripped of leaves--I have reservations as to whether this plant will survive, but the others may, as they've only been munched on. I would have been pissed off in the past, but these days I just shrug, and went and got tomato cages and chicken wire and put these around the plants. I hope to get some deer fence--so called that as it's supposed to deter deer with some scent they don't like. I'd like to see this work, but at the same time wouldn't trust it 100%.

In other news, one morning we noticed some debris coming out of a hole in the catalpa tree, just under where the wood ducks were nesting. Yeah. This was nesting from those ducks. We noticed one broken egg shell. We do have a few raccoons. I didn't want to jump to the obvious conclusion, but one will never know exactly what happened.

I'd become warmer and more humid, have had some rain in past day or so, and more on the way, so work out in my woods is limited. Oh, and the mosquitoes, of course, made their appearance this week as well.

In other news, my first book of series, Ascension, has, as of this morning sold 112 ebook copies for the month. I've never had any one book sell that many copies before. I've had all books sell over 100 in a month, of course, but this is different. In one day I sold 40 copies--hard to believe it didn't go closer to being #1--or at least in the top 100. But not. It was doing well (#90) in different categories like vampires, psychics, etc. But I've seen it better in those too. Must have been a busy selling day, back on Monday, I guess.


Well, I've been off for only two weeks and it feels longer, somehow. I've gotten a lot done around here, inside and out. Yesterday I cleaned the house, and today, not sure what I can do other than work on the book, as there is a threat of rain in area.

I plan on painting the steps which have never been painted--never had time to do it until this year. Also I want to paint the bathroom. Every room needs painting. Even my office needs to have a little light patching with orchid. My husband can't keep up with me. He is amazed at my energy. I'm amazed at my energy. And my ideas won't quit as to what I want to do.

So, this is my update on what's been going on. Sorry I can't share pics because my computer is too old to take any photos from our cell phone and I won't pay for an update. Especially since I'm planning on getting a lap top. I think I might be able to afford one this year.