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pro_reader_120 Let’s talk aboufavorited_reviews_120t books. What type of book do you like to read? Do you stick to the same authors or are you willing to take a chance on something radically different from your norm? I have a cluster of authors that I gobble up the new books they put out like a binge eater…all in one sitting. And in between waiting for said authors to put out the next book, I have a group of “fill in” authors. And then there are the ones I read because I am so very curious about everything. It has been pointed out to me that my reading list is probably linked to Homeland Security but how can you have an opinion on anything if you haven’t fully researched it?

On my bookshelf you will find every James Patterson novel, every Laurell K. Hamilton, every Stuart Woods, Harlan Coben, Cathrine Coulter, Iris Johansen, Anne Rice, Laura Childs, Tom Clancy, George R.R.Martin, Kim Harrison, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, along with all the classics. I don’t do romance books, no heaving bosoms or glistening abs for me.

Reading is a magical thing that can take you places you would never have access to in the living world. I love everything about books. The cover, the feel and smell of the paper, it all has to come together for me.  Books are like a good friend who stays around. My grandmother told me once “Never get rid of a book or your land.”  I paid attention to that one. Not so much on the other advice, much to the chagrin of my mother.

So here we are going to be talking about books. What we’ve read, what we are reading and what we hope to read. I find it so interesting that two people can read the same book and have totally different takes on it. But that is the fun of books and imagination. Everyone’s is different and I am intrigued by those different opinions.

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Broken…

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I came to you broken
A million jagged pieces
asking you to give me back what I was.

Raging against the storm
the rain stinging my face
I demand this

Give me back my self
I need to know myself
I need to see myself

I beg, I plead, I cajole
but there is only the wind and the rain
the wildness of the storm

It is the same storm
that lives inside of my soul
It is the same storm that has ripped out my heart
and left me in this broken, empty state

I am angry, beyond angry
I don’t want to be here anymore,
I don’t want to do this
although I am not even sure what this is

By dawn, the storm and I  have both exhausted our fury
The sky is clearing and I am left in a heap
on the wet grass
Spent, empty, cleansed

As I open my eyes I see one tiny shard
Sparkling on the ground
Written on it is the word Peace

I pick it up and smile
Nothing is what I thought
Nothing is in my control
I can only collect the tiny pieces of my soul
one at a time and put myself back together

Today would have been my father’s birthday. I wrote this after a week of over 100 degree heat and finally a storm blew in. I’ve put myself back together again, but the pieces will never be the same. One day I shall see you in Valhalla and we will drink and dance and tell stories again.

xx P

MONTEZUMA KINGS by Thomas Ensch

Montezuma Kings

Best friends since childhood and now business partners, Mack and Eddie are known for throwing the hottest underground raves in San Diego. But what most people don’t know is that the secret rave parties are just a front for their more illicit business: selling mass quantities of cocaine. Using fraternities at the local universities as built-in distribution networks, they’ve built quite the empire. And business is booming. They own a luxurious home in the hills of La Jolla, drive expensive sports cars, and receive the VIP treatment at the most exclusive clubs and restaurants in the city. Simply put, they’re living the life any college student dreams of living. But as Eddie nears his graduation, he begins to second-guess his career path.

Alexander Alston was once the golden boy of the Drug Enforcement Agency, but after making one fatal mistake on a case two decades ago, his career fell to shambles. He’s always believed he’d eventually return to his former glory, but as the years have worn on, and his role at the agency has diminished, he’s begun to lose hope he’ll ever get the chance to make his glorious comeback. Then, one morning when he’s on the brink of retirement, he receives an anonymous letter that will change his life.

Fictionally inspired by the real life events of Operation Sudden Fall, one of the largest collegiate drug busts in U.S. history, Montezuma Kings is both suspenseful and thrilling, and at times, tragic.

I felt like I had already read this book. Some of the characters were decently developed and some I did not even see a reason for them being part of the story.

To be honest, it felt like a really watered down version of Don Winslow’s Savages. Very watered down.  I’m sure people will like this one, especially if you like your violence on the lighter side. These guys were dealing with cartels and none of the characterizations rang true.

I knew about Operation Sudden Fall so I knew what was going to happen, but I can’t say I enjoyed it.

Oh Friday, where have you been?

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Finally it’s Friday! This past couple of weeks have been rough so it’s nice to have a Friday where I have no work due, the sun is shining, and there is peace in the kingdom for now.

I’m not anticipating it staying that way! Tonight we are taking Miss Charli Ava out to dinner to celebrate her birthday. Try explaining that to the four-year old. I had thought about just sneaking out because one look at those puppy dog eyes and I would cave. But honesty is the only policy so he won’t like it but he’ll get over it.

I hope everyone is having a peaceful and productive Friday, and is ready for the weekend. I’m reading 99 Red Balloons today and starting a YA book next! I know, I never do YA, but this guy has done some incredible work and I am giving it a shot!

xx Patricia

Happy Birthday Beautiful!

7 years ago this beautiful little girl came into our lives. And oh how happy we are that she did! She is the spitting image of her daddy in looks and sass!

She has an imagination that won’t quit! And I never want her to lose that. She has the best ideas and is awed by all things sparkly and girly! She also has no qualms about getting dirty if she has to.

We make up the best stories and she is an amazing crafter already and has a voice like an angel. As in this girl has talent!! But then she comes from a long line of musicians. She makes me laugh so hard and she is so certain of everything, rather like a walking encyclopedia!

I never imagined I could love someone so much, but Miss Charli Ava, you have captured my heart and you will forever be my girl.

 

 

THE FORCE BY DON WINSLOW

The Force

The acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cartel—voted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York Times—makes his William Morrow debut with a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as Mystic River and The Wire.

Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn’t true . . .

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

This is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city on the edge and of a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban realism full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting us today.

If you don’t already know, I am a huge Don Winslow fan. I wasn’t expecting this book to be like The Cartel ( which is already to be made into a movie by Ridley Scott I think) or like Savages or the Death and Life of Bobby Z. 

The characters in this book are complex and conflicted. Winslow is that author that has you pausing to Google things! His books are so well researched and have that edge of your seat feeling! You want to know what is going to happen so you are buzzing to finish it but you don’t want it to end, so you try to read slowly.

In the end this was a great story and I loved every minute of it!

Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY*

Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery, #9)

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort. While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . . .

This is the ninth book in Lynn’s Tourist Trap Series. With a weekend of luxury at The Castle, rented out by the groom, what more could a girl want? Especially when her hot cop boyfriend is part of the package.

On the first day Jill senses something is off with this group of Greg’s old high school buddies and their wives. So when the groom turns up facedown in the pool, even Greg is on the sidelines.

Jill’s suspect list is pretty long with everyone from the party as well as the new Russian Doll Shop owner. Who seems to know the bride-to-be.

Lynn’s characters have come a long way from the first book. They are well-developed and very loveable. They have become like good book friends. I love Deek and while Aunt Jackie wasn’t my favorite character, this time I really felt her presence and there was a secondary mystery going on with her.

Can’t wait for the next one, See you soon South Cove!

ROOM FOR DOUBT BY NANCY COLE SILVERMAN (HENERY PRESS)

Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery Book 4)

When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again. 

With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew. 

This is the fourth book in the Carol Childs series from Ms. Silverman.

Carol is a single mom and not looking for love. What she is looking for is how the boy she saw in the grocery store the other day is now hanging from the Hollywood sign, naked and dead with a clown’s nose on.

The world of Talk radio is a competitive one. Carol is a bit tired of the little bit of time she gets on the air. But things change when she subs for the night show and a killer calls to chat.

With the help of Chase, a P.I., who has been trying to solve a series of such killings, she warily begins putting her story together. Not quite fully believing the stories she is getting she still goes the distance and agrees to meet the killer. Only the deal is a shocker!

And the ending….it’s a Winner

Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press! This book is scheduled to be out in July 18 of 2017.

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