Sunday, November 09, 2014

I've officially gone nuts! ** REVIEW added **

 Review of
Hell's Knights (Book One of The MC Sinners series)

A modern day biker romance. 

Addison has had a hard life. Her mother is useless, and her father hasn't been in her life for years. When her mother dies, she's left with no money and an angry man after her. She goes to the only person she knows can take care of her right now - her father. She knows her father is the President of an MC club, but she doesn't quite realize just how much she will come to rely on that club. 

Cade is 
everything she knows she should stay away from, and yet she can't seem to keep herself from wanting him. He's the club VP, gorgeous, rugged, charming and he makes her feel again. She should be running, she should be escaping the demons of her past, but instead she finds herself falling for the gorgeous biker. 

Come on this whirlwind romance with two broken people, who figure out how to put each other back together.


Review:


On my never-ending quest for biker fiction I happened upon a new-to-me author, Bella Jewel and her MC Sinners series. I purchased book one - Hell's Knights
At first glance I had reservations about the format of this book being sectioned in Past and Present scenes at regular intervals. Usually I find this type of thing jarring. Thankfully this wasn't the case with this book.
Hell's Knights has memorable, engaging characters...believable settings and circumstances...and some very hot sex. 
As a writer of Biker Fiction, I am more often than not, disappointed in the way the 'biker' is portrayed. Having lived the lifestyle most of my life, I was pleasantly surprised to find nothing 'cliché' about these men who lived and loved with great passion and fervor.  Real men with real feelings.
Addison, the female protagonist... no pretenses, no facades. She got dealt a shitty hand in life, but doesn't use it as a crutch to get what she wants. She's hard as nails on the outside, when all she really wants is a sense of family, and to be genuinely loved. 
The only problem I have is this. If I wasn't told Addison is 21yrs old (present day)when she first arrived at the clubhouse, I'd never have guessed it. The quick temper and smart mouth remind me of a young girl with a chip on her shoulder, not a young woman who was raped on a regular basis for years.
I wasn't surprised to learn this is Bella Jewels first published work. There  are a few tell-tale signs this is written by a novice writer. A good editor would've been highly beneficial. All in all, Ms Jewel penned an engaging story, and I easily give it 4 stars. I enjoyed Hell's Knights and look forward to reading the rest of this series.

Book Two - Heaven's Sinners
Book Three - Knight's Sinners

Yes, I am crazy! I've taken on the challenge to read and review 6 books that fall into the category - Biker Fiction by month's end. 
On top of my NaNoWriMo Challenge. 
Why? I was having trouble getting in 'the zone' to write this book. I always find if I take time to read, it rejuvenates me and gets those creative juices flowing. I haven't been reading much at all, so this is actually a great diversion. It's like putting gas in the car. Can't run on empty, right?
Can I do both and successfully reach the 50,000 word count challenge?
Shrugs. I don't know... but I'm going to have a great time trying. 
I'll post the review by Monday morning. If you have a suggestion for me to read this month, I'm all ears. It can't be a mega-novel lol Just a regular length novel between 200-250 pages will suffice. 

In the meantime, here's my NaNo update....



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The next book I will read and review is
Wicked Bitch by Amy Irene White



Wednesday, November 05, 2014

4.5 Stars - The Traz by Eileen Schuh


The Traz—Book One of Back Tracker Series

One girl, one undercover cop, one dangerous gang… 

Thirteen-year-old Katrina is desperate for an adventure, something to numb her pain and loneliness. When Shrug, a giant biker from The Traz gang, asks if she wants a ride, she makes a reckless, life-changing decision. 

Vulnerable and grieving, Katrina becomes a target for the gang's abuse—and there's no way to escape. Until she meets Chad, an undercover cop with rich brown eyes, a gentle chuckle and a plan to rescue her. 

Only one problem. Someone is keeping dangerous secrets from them both. 

            

Review of The Traz by Eileen Schuh  

The motorcycle on the cover first attracted me to this book, and I added it to my endless list of ‘To Reads’. The author liked my Face book page and piqued my curiosity once again. I found the Amazon listing and read the reviews before purchasing a copy.
Ms Schuh draws you into the story from the 1st chapter to the last. I read the entire book in one sitting. The characters are as diverse as they are interesting. Katrina’s words/actions at 12 yrs old made me a little uncomfortable.  It wasn’t until I finished the book, I realized every situation and thought process was integral to her characters’ growth.
 That being said, and coming from my life experience as a member of the motorcycle community, I found her presence at The Traz camp a little far-fetched.  I understand this is a work of fiction, and to the average reader, believable. To bring a young child into ‘the fold’ would elicit a much difference response in the real world.
The Traz is well-written, the characters intriguing and the storyline captivating until the end. My only criticism is the ending leaves too many unanswered questions. Yes, I know it is Book One of a series, and the goal is to leave the reader wanting more. I think a glimpse of the reactions from Gator and other club members would have gone a long way in evoking a sense of urgency to buy Book Two, Fatal Error.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed The Traz and give it 4.5 stars. Well done, Eileen Schuh.  I look forward to reading Book Two.

Book Two—Fatal Error    

Book Three—Firewalls  

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Fall Back.....Full steam ahead?

To all my fellow Canadians, it's that time of year again. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep. Be sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors too!. #FallBack #DaylightSavings

Today I begin the daunting task of NaNoWriMo, writing 50,000 words in one month's time. I have to admit, this year I'm struggling to begin. That's okay though, all writers have those moments when they stare at a blank page of paper for hours, sometimes days on end. I'm fully prepared with outline and research,so for now I am going to calm myself and enjoy a quiet evening of watching movies. I'm sure to be ready to move full steam ahead tomorrow.
Good luck to all!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

R.I.P. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

The opening shots that began a devastating day on Parliament Hill killed a Hamilton reservist who dreamed of being a full-time soldier and deprived his kindergarten-aged son of his father. 
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot while on honorary guard at the National War Memorial. Ottawa Police announced hours after the shooting that the soldier shot at the memorial had died.
He would later be identified as Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment. Cirillo died a short time after the attack despite frantic efforts to revive him at the base of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The soldiers who were guarding the National War Memorial are part of a ceremonial guard, and full-time and part-time soldiers are rotated through duty on an hourly or bi-hourly basis.
They carry rifles that aren't loaded.

Am I the only one who is gobsmacked to learn this? In this day in age it is ludicrous for a person guarding the National War Memorial to carry a rifle without bullets! How different the outcome of  might have been if Cpl. Nathan Cirillo had been armed.
A little boy lost his father, and family and friends mourn the death of Nathan. Another mother’s heart is broken because her son carried out such a despicable act. I cannot imagine how it feels to be in her shoes..

I am saddened, Mr Prime Minister, that you waited until 8pm yesterday to address the nation. Once you did show up, the words coming out of your mouth.... a whole lotta nothing. How do you explain how this gunman got as far as he did? Wake up, Mr Harper.... we are not immune. The time for speeches and heavy-handed talk is over....


My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who knew Nathan.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Canada. 

Please feel free to pass this on using the hashtag  #RIPNathan 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Yup, I'm crazy!

You'd think after all these years I'd shy away from this event, but here I am again...
You guessed it, I'm taking the NaNoWriMo challenge.
For those of you who don't know what that is, it 's National Novel Writing Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month's time, November.
I've participated several times now, and am happy to say I've won the challenge every time. Okay, maybe by a fraction of a minute one year lol


Sooo, this is what I'll be doing for the month of November.
 I'll keep you updated with the word count as I go along. 
Wish me luck!