Wednesday, 28 January 2015

A new regular post I'd like to call 'What am I reading?' Today - Shifting Hearts by Dominique Eastwick

I have been working like mad recently. Managed to finish the first and second draft of the novel I fought my way through as part of NaNoWriMo. It is now at the beta readers as I work through it once more as well.

You would think that meant I could take a breather wouldn't you? Not so. My brain is already working on plotting out the next two novels (which are follow ups to the nanowrimo novel)

I have also been going crazy with the lack of time to read. So I have made time. This is the moment that I realized just how much I love my kobo. While at the gym (where I am trying once more to become healthier and in better shape) anyhoo, I can set the font to large and read away. Just this week I ended up spending double the amount of time on the eliptical than normal, and the time just flew by since I was reading. Yaah for multi tasking. Love it.

What have I been reading you ask? Well let me tell you, I just finished a novel by Dominique Eastwick. It's called Shifting Hearts and is part of the Wiccan Haus series available through Musa Publishing, it is a novella, at only 21500 words it is a quick, hot read. I am not a reviewer, nor do I profess to be one, keep that in mind. I know what I like and what I don't. And I liked this book.

Dana is a relatable character (although I could have used a touch more character development - that being said since it is a novella the amount we get to know her is probably suffice) She is coming back from being stood up at the altar and is escaping reality by heading to a mysterious spa with her bestie. The spa sounds like just the place we all need to go to, so that we can regroup after life throws us curveballs. But it does have twists of it's own. The Wiccan Haus spa is a haven not only to those humans who need emotional healing and recovery but also to the multitude of supernatural creatures that also need to have some relaxing down time.

The hero of the story is totally lickable, and very much the alpha male. He is a tough as nails supernatural creature and the chemistry between Dana and Rekkus jumps off the page. Rekkus has problems of his own and to some degree fights the attraction between the two of them. His story is heart breaking, and together the two damaged individuals work to heal each other.

Overall Shifting Hearts is a steamy, hot, completely fun read. It introduces the reader to the Wiccan Haus world (where a number of novellas by a variety of authors take place)in a fun, fast and interesting way.

I recommend giving it a read. I think you'll enjoy.

In case you are interested here's the link:

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Crazy life.

Wow, it's been a crazy ride for me. Today is the seventh day of 2015. On the second my grandpa died as a result of a car accident. Grandpa was older, he'd be near 90, but he wasn't sick. It was a sudden death. I hadn't seen him for a number of years, since life had gotten in the way. I have so many memories of him from when I was a child. Good memories that only serve to sadden me now.

My father, who lives with me, was rushed to the hospital on the fourth. He had a liver transplant five years ago and now has a blood infection and liver stones, surgery is scheduled for today.

Last night on the sixth, my aunt passed away. We hadn't heard about her being sick until about two weeks ago and then it just progressed from there. My aunt was always smiling and laughing, it's unfathomable to me that she is gone.

Add to the above the fact that in nine days it's the anniversary of my mom's death - which is enough to normally put me in a state of depression.

I'm just in a state of shock. What the hell is going on in my life? I know it's not about me, but I do wonder what I did to end up with this as my 'new, fresh start'- Was I too happy? Too proud? Too comfortable? What? I guess today is my day to be angry. To not understand. To wonder why.

I'm not writing this post looking for sympathy. The one thing everything has made me do is hug my family. Thing 1 and thing 2, even though they are teenagers, have been the recipients of my emotional fallout. Mr. Gloria is feeling smothered, I don't want to let any of them go. I want them within my sight at all times. But that's not how life works. I have to give them some space, even if it tears me apart.

The one thing I will leave you with is a reminder to hug your loved ones. I know that's been said a million times before, but it is true. Don't put off the visit, or phone call. Let them know how much they mean to you.