Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a fun meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. This is where we share the books we have read the last week and our reading plans for this week.

Books Reviewed


Book for Review

Currently Reading

Warning: Contains explicit sex scenes between women and slightly hard-core autoerotica.

DESIRE. Twenty-five year old Olivia Pappas thinks she's frigid, until she’s bewitched in a Parisian cafĂ© by exotic Fairuz. Though same-sex love is taboo in both their cultures and religions, unstoppable passion arises as Olivia becomes immersed in an erotic affair that rips away her insecurity, giving her the confidence to live comfortably in her own beautiful skin.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Spotlight: Well before the Beginning / The First Expedition by Jake Taylor

Well before the Beginning / The First Expedition

Ages: 9+, YA / Fifth Grade+
Author: Jake Taylor
Publisher: TT&T Publishers
Format: eBook
File size: 2148 KB
Page Count: approximately 219 as PDF
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-9913935-0-3


Some call them extraterrestrials, others call them Gods. This is their story.

After Sir Henry Johnston falls into a volcanic crater, two warriors from another world come to his rescue; they manage to keep him alive. These two warriors, a female named Suchja and a male named Dran, are Tesgans who claim to be here protecting planet Earth and its inhabitants, including plants and animals, on behalf of Annur’s Empire.

Sir Henry questions their claims but he can’t do much more. He is nearly comatose. Suchja tells Sir Henry to consider reading or listening to the Expedition Reports because that’s where he can find most of the answers he seeks. Thus begins a most amazing saga: How these beings got here, how they made us, how they transformed us, how they continue to influence us, and how they are protecting us from enemies that wish to do us harm.


“How can you tell that I will survive this accident and that I will continue to live inside this body?” I ask a bit confused.

“Dran and I can travel in time; and we can tell you that Star [Sir Henry’s dog] will reach her destination; she will get a rescue party to come this way and in four days time they will arrive here by midafternoon. They will reach you before nightfall and lift you out of the crater as the night sets in. You will come to in a hospital the following morning,” responds Suchja with a big comforting smile and sparkling eyes.

“Suchja, you’ve just said that if my soul stays out of my body for an extended period of time, I will need to be reborn into another body. Are you telling me that you believe in reincarnation?” I inquire looking at her in total disbelief.

“Reincarnation is the only process by which you and everyone on your planet are reborn, sir,” replies Suchja totally sure of her answer.

“Where I come from, most people don’t believe in reincarnation. They think it is a difficult concept to grasp.” I inform her.

“Sir Henry, reincarnation is not difficult to understand,” Suchja says with that beautiful smile of hers.

“Maybe not for you, Suchja; you don’t need it anyways, but for us it is a rare concept; if anything, it is a big mystery,” I tell her.

“Sir Henry, you know very well what water is. Suppose for a moment that you are a drop of water and you are about to be dried out due to the weather. You evaporate and leave behind a few particles, which are mostly minerals. You are purified as you are raised towards the sky where you will become part of a cloud. Sometime later, you will return to the ground and begin your life anew as another drop of water. This will be repeated endlessly until the end of times. Your soul is exactly the same. Your body dies, leaving behind bones, which are mostly mineral, and your soul goes up to heaven where you get purified and later you are reborn into a new body, you will continue to do this until you become worthy of entering and remaining in our world; simple as that; although the process is a bit more complex,” says Suchja.

It includes 35 Illustrations in full color.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review: Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins

Too Good To Be True
by Kristan Higgins

Series: MIRA
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Mira Books; Library ed edition (February 4, 2011)
Amazon Buy Link

Ratings: ★ ★ ★   

My thoughts:

Oh well, this is my first book from Ms. Higgins. I picked this up because I was intrigued by the synopsis, main character's ex-fiance is dating her younger sister. I've been friends with girls (three girlfriends) who got cheated by the best friends. One actually went all the way, married her best friend's (ex) boyfriend. And this book, not just a best friend, but sister? Cool. 

Anyway, the story is more like a 'family drama' which honestly didn't sink in until the last 50 pages of the book. I liked Grace's family, especially 'the sister'. I dunno, I couldn't hate her. Maybe because Grace's situation is milder than my real life experiences with the cheating bestfriends. There was no lying and cheating for me (sister), even Grace couldn't hate her baby sister. The only major problem I had with this book were the boyfriends, old and new. I hated the old for the obvious reason, and although the new boyfriend got points in my hotness meter, we just didn't click. Overall, it was just an okay book.  

To read positive reviews for this book, click HERE.

About the book:

How far would you go to get over a guy?

When Grace Emerson's ex-fiancĂ© starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone…exactly unlike her renegade neighbor Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.

Whoa. No. Callahan O'Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so…right?

About the author:

Kristan divides her time between home in Connecticut and summers on Cape Cod. She is the mother of two lovely kids, the wife of a brave firefighter, and a devoted Ben & Jerry's fan. Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous much more satisfying than folding laundry. She holds a BA in English, which enables her to identify dangling participles and quote many great novels. She loves to connect with readers on her website and her Facebook page
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