GA Review – Tollbooth Operator by Timothy M

 

Welcome to another GA Review post. We’re here with Tim as my GA featured author.

To find out more about Timothy M see my first review staring him.

The Secret Santa Game

Tollbooth Operator

Blurb/Description

Frankie loves his job. He’s good at it too. But events conspire to set him adrift.

Grid & Dice prompt: A neurotic tollbooth operator hides in an inner city one-star no-tell motel because: “Fuck, they saw me!”

This story is part of the Grid & Dice Game started by Cia.

My Review:

Another intriguing  read from Tim. His use of the prompt he received is imaganative and well thought out.

I felt so sorry for Frankie, he was just doing his job and he ended up entangled in someone elses mess. The police, and DA try to reassure him but it is hard for him to understand what is happening.

Tim leaves it up to the reader to decide on what happens at the end, so why not give it a gander and if you have time leave a comment for him or you can comment here and I will pass it on. What do you think happens to Frankie??

As always a highly recommended read 4*s

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A Mea Culpa and A Quick Update

Mea Culpa, I noticed that today’s post went out but it hadn’t been copied right and the review was missing. It has now been corrected so please feel free to check out my review of by clicking the link below

Book Review; Exiles of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

On another note, there will be no Wednesday Briefs chapter this week as my writing schedule has been messed up due to some teacher strikes at my daughter’s school. Hopefully, I should be caught up b next week.

Happy Reading Everyone

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Book Review – Exiles of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

Blurb

New York Times #1 bestseller Mercedes Lackey’s epic Valdemar series continues in this collection of three novels set in the classic fantasy universe. Exiles of Valdemar tells the story of Alberich, the youngest captain in the army of Karse.
EXILE’S HONOR – follows the story of Alberich, the youngest captain in the army of Karse with a secret special power of foresight. When he is injured in battle, he is unwillingly taken to Valdemar and begins training as a Herald. He switches allegiances and joins in the battles against Karse.
EXILE’S VALOR – Alberich falls in love with another female Herald, Myste, and struggling to keep track of Valdemar’s enemies in his new position as Weaponsmaster. This book also tracks the early years of the very young, new queen of Valdemar, Selenay.
TAKE A THIEF – This book reveals the untold story of Skif, the popular character of Lackey’s first book, Arrows of the Queen. Skif is a homeless pickpocket until he is chosen to become a Herald for the queen. However, one day he returns to his new home where he is training to find that it has been burnt down and his comrades and mentor dead. He teams up with Alberich, the Weaponsmaster and protagonist from the EXILE books to take revenge on the criminal who killed his friends and becomes a hero of Valdemar.

Buy Links

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My Review

I loved this trilogy but my favorite had to be the last book ‘Take a thief’. I fell in love with Skif, I cried with him, raged with him, and laughed with him as his story unfolded.

The tale of Skif’s childhood is heartbreaking but even worse is that he is actually one of the better off kids. He has a place to sleep and food, even if it isn’t the best food.

When he meets his new mentor and then loses him and his new friends the reader will feel the rage and the need for vengeance.

Finally, he is chosen and is taken into the collegium. Then his life takes another turn when a familiar face appears as his teacher.

All these books are full to the brim with action, tears, and laughter.

Yet another amazing read 4*s

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GA Review – The Fire Extinguisher by Timothy M

Welcome to another GA Review post. We’re here with Tim as my GA featured author.

To find out more about Timothy M see my first review staring him.

The Secret Santa Game

The Fire Extinguisher

Blurb/Description

When you’re lonely and drunk, even a fire extinguisher can be a friend. Especially, if it starts talking to you!

This story was written as part of Cia’s Household Item Game.

My Review:

This short was both funny and serious rolled into one.

Warning: It deals with the issues of being in the closet and even touches on suicide. So if any of these are triggers, you may wish to head for a different one of Tim’s stories.

I laughed at Dean’s reaction to a talking fire extinguisher, I suppose to wake up to the start of a fire and then to realize it was a fire extinguisher that had woken me up I’d react in the same way, but still…it was funny.

Then it gets slightly serious when they start talking. The extinguisher (aka Bart) is a soul that has been sent to make amends and his mission seems to be to make sure Dean doesn’t make the same mistakes he did.

Their talk is eye opening and brings up a lot of points that any person who has secrets should think about. Whatever we think other people will think of us when our secrets are revealed, the truth is not always as bad as we think it is going to be. Somtimes we just need to take the plunge.

Please give this story a read and please please be sure to comment and maybe we can get Tim to continue the story and let us know what happens.

5*s

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Wednesday Briefs – Here Kitty Kitty Chapter 8.3

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Hi Everyone

Welcome to another Wednesday Briefs. All comments are welcomed and please check out the other authors at the end of this post.


Chapter 8.3

Kitryn clenched his fists and pushed his rising anger down, hard. He spoke as calmly as he could so as not to scare Fran. “Fran, can you tell us anything else about what’s happening? Every little thing helps.”

Fran frowned hard and seemed to be trying to concentrate on something.

“She think I should be hers. She had papa first. Mama took him. She got sent away. She got more magic now. Papa gone so she want me.”

“Cheryl!” Meg interrupted and Simon and Kitryn swung their attention to her.

“Who’s Cheryl?” Simon asked.

Kitryn was the one to answer. “She was the lover of my sister’s mate before they met. With shifters when they meet their true mate—or soul mates as human’s sometimes call them—they know each other instantly by the other being’s scent. Once a shifter scents their mate there is no one else for them. Once claimed with a mating bite the two mates can’t even get arou—,” Kitryn glanced at the kits. “Um, that is to say, they aren’t attracted to anyone else.  Cheryl didn’t take it well when Sissy and Gerry met and recognized each other as mates. Cheryl tried to get Mars to separate them and when he refused she tried to kill Sissy. After that Mars had no choice but to banish her from the group. She hasn’t been seen for over five years. We all thought she’d found a new group and had settled down there.”

Meg took over the explanation. “It didn’t help that she isn’t a full shifter. She is a hybrid like me. We’re both half shifter and half psychic. In my case, my powers are more like a seer. I see flashes of the future and sometimes I am able to warn of impending situations. It seems Fran—since she is only three-quarters shifter—has inherited some of my power and can see flashes of the past and present in different places. Cheryl’s powers were more in the mind control area. She was able to make people do silly things like hop on one leg, or stand on their head while singing a stupid song. If she’s behind what’s happening now she must have found a way to increase her power a lot. Also if she gets her hands on Fran there’s no telling what she would do with her. Ther are rumors of ways to transfer psychic gifts from one person to another. The worse thing is the person losing the powers doesn’t survive the transferrer.”

Kitryn fell silent as he considered what all they’d worked would mean for his new family group.

***

A new bear had arrived and introduced herself as Hetty. She said she’d been sent to watch the kits so the adults could meet to discuss the ongoing situation.

After a few careful questions and some reassurance from Fran, Kitryn allowed Hetty to take the boys, but he insisted Fran could join the adults in a meeting with the Paddy and his second.

They all filed in and Kitryn set about explaining what they’d found out since he’d last spoken to Paddy.


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Book Review – The Heralds of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

Blurb

A VALDEMAR OMNIBUS Collecting the New York Times bestsellers: ARROWS OF THE QUEEN ARROW’S FLIGHT ARROW’S FALL Thirteen-year-old Talia longs for a better life, far away from her repressive stepmothers and the village of Sensholding, where books chronicling the adventures of the Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions offer her only escape. But when her family decide she is to be married, Talia flees, only to be rescued by one of the very Companions of legend, a magical steed with incredible powers. Talia soon discovers she has powers of her own, and, together with her Companion, she arrives at the Collegium to fulfil her dreams and train as a Herald. But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, she unearths a deadly plot that could destroy both Queen and kingdom. The Heralds of Valdemar omnibus sees Talia grow from teenage runaway to a Herald whose powers will affect the future of the entire realm.

Buy Links

Amazon UK

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My Review

If you are reading Mercedes Lackey in order of publication then these are the first books of her Valdemar series you would read. They are not the first chronologically, however.

These were actually the third set of books I read by this author and I had to correct my thinking as I read to remember that they happened after the first book I had read but before the second. Once I found the reading order list on Goodreads I reread them all…in order. it made much more sense then.

This trilogy is the story of Talia and how she is chosen by a companion and further is chosen to be Queen’s Own.

At first, it is disconcerting to read about a thirteen-year-old girl counseling the Queen of a country, but then I actually started to see that a child’s view on things can be different. As adults we have preconceived ideas and children can give a fresh point of view. Of course, Talia has Rolan helping her as well.

I liked her friendship with Skif and how they tried to be more than friends and things kept interfering until they realize they make better friends than lovers.

Then, of course, there is the little matter of court intrigue, betrayal, and life bonds. In all this is an all action trilogy that will keep you gripped from beginning to end. I dare anyone to start reading and put it down before they’ve finished.

Another highly recommended read 5*s

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KU Review – Northern Pines Den Alphas Series by Susi Hawk

Blurbs

Books 1-3

The Northern Pines Den series is an mpreg shifter series about found families, finding joy after pain, and the yummy scents of fated mates!

The Northern Pines Den of bears found a solid ally in the newly formed Northern Lodge wolf pack—and together they face a foe as fierce as she is evil: the den Alpha’s estranged sister.
Through their connection with the wolves, the den finds mates who breathe new life into their traditional ways, though opening their hearts leaves them easy targets for their enemies—but the den will do whatever it takes to protect their own.

This three hundred and fifty-one page bundle contains the first three books in this best selling series – all books are fully re-edited, freshly formatted, and guaranteed to give a serious case of the feels!

Included:

Alpha’s Hearts — Fated Mates! When the wolf pack and the bear den initiate an exchange program to help shifters find their fated mates, adventurous omega Taylor is the first to volunteer, drawing the attention of the den’s lonely alpha, Mikael. Mikael knows the tiny, colorful omega will either breathe new life into their stilted bear community or cause an outrage. Either way, it won’t be boring to have him around.

Alpha’s Mates — When the former soldier, alpha jaguar Jules, scents the kidnapped omega bear Colin, he will do anything to save his mate. Thankfully, protective alpha wolf Sean witnessed the kidnapping, and he is equally as determined to bring Colin home. When the two scent each other in their quest to save Colin, they realize they were not blessed with just one mate, but two… if they can manage to save Colin in time.

Alpha’s Strength — Omega jaguar Diego is fleeing an arranged marriage to the safety of his cousin Jule’s new home, little realizing he is running straight into the arms of fate. Alpha Heir to the den, Stefan, loves everything about the little bratty looking omega, even the arrogant glare he levels at Stefan when he catches the alpha eyeballing him. Yet the rogue war rages on, and none of their lives remain untouched by its shadow.

These books are all intended for 18+ readers only. It’s advised to read the series in order for maximum appreciation. And yes, this book contains M/PREG, knotting, adults adulting in sexy naughty ways, and way more than the occasional use of potty mouth language! Caution: contains violent scenes and mentions of death as the pack is at war.

Books 4-6

The Northern Pines Den series is an mpreg shifter series about found families, finding joy after pain, and the yummy scents of fated mates!

The Northern Pines Den of bears found a solid ally in the newly formed Northern Lodge wolf pack—and together they face a foe as fierce as she is evil: the den Alpha’s estranged sister.
Through their connection with the wolves, the den finds mates who breathe new life into their traditional ways, though opening their hearts leaves them easy targets for their enemies—but the den will do whatever it takes to protect their own.

This three hundred and twenty-two page bundle contains the final three books in this best selling series – all books are fully re-edited, freshly formatted, and guaranteed to give a serious case of the feels!

Included:

Alpha’s Wolf — A story of an unconventional pair. Alpha bear Liam is a lover, not a fighter, who runs a B&B, while omega wolf Frankie the Fingers is a former military intelligence operative who is currently helping Mikael track down his rogue sister. The fated pair—literally—run into each other in the midst of a storm from hell. With no wifi and cell reception, a possible traitor in the den, Liam’s inability to slow down at the B&B and Frankie’s compulsive need to trace the rogue, how can they each unwind enough to take a mate?

Alpha’s Redemption — Alpha jaguar Hector leaves Belize and arrives in Mills Creek seeking his formerly betrothed mate only to find himself embroiled in the rogue war. All the local bear shifters will die without Hector’s empathic gift, a legacy that has passed through his family from ancient times. Sweet, lonely Drew is an omega bear who yearns to see the world that Hector has seen, but first they must protect the ones they love by finding a way to end the Rogue War.

Alpha’s Solstice — Ten years after the Rogue War ended, revisit each and every couple from the Northern Lodge Pack and The Northern Pines Den. Kai and Taylor, each the Alpha Mate of their respective communities, will join forces to plan the party to end all parties. From yule logs to bonfires, crazy aunties to placid betas, cubs and pups too… all of the shifters you know and love will be there for the holiday!

These books are all intended for 18+ readers only. It’s advised to read the series in order for maximum appreciation. And yes, this book contains M/PREG, knotting, adults adulting in sexy naughty ways, and way more than the occasional use of potty mouth language! Caution: contains violent scenes and mentions of death as the pack is at war.

Buy Links

Books 1-3

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Books 4-6

Amazon UK

Amazon US

My Review

This series follows on from the Northern Lodge series that I reviewed last week. I am actually currently rereading this series and I’m back on book three at the moment.

My favorite book in this series was easy to pick, Book one, Alpha Hearts.

I love the character of Taylor. He is nicknamed Peacock because he loves bright colors, but what people don’t see is what’s underneath all the colors and big personality. When he is sent to stay with the overly formal, serious, bears, it’s fun to see how he manages to shake them up.

Of course, when he turns out to be the alpha bear’s mate? Let’s just say it causes a funny reaction within the den. Even better is how Alpha Mikael meets Taylor. It almost ends up in bloodshed, except that Taylor steps in to defend…nope sorry not telling, I wouldn’t want to spoil a good laugh for you all.

The whole series is full of love, laughter, and fun. As well as the serious problem with the Alpha’s mad sister that the den in facing.

A highly recommended series 5*s

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