Margaritaville By: C.M.Dawson

“Wise guy, huh!” Perry insisted.

“Not at all, Serge. I just said, I’m not guilty of first-degree anything.” Peck retorted with a grin.

Sergeant Perry loomed over Camden. “Listen, Peck, I’ll lift your license!”

“Again?” Peck replied.

I yawned as I checked my nail polish…….chipped again in the line of duty. I grumbled some obscenity.

“What’s that?” Serge grunted.

“Skip it.” I continued popping my spearmint.

“Tell me again what happened. This time put some truth into it.” He said, growling like a cur.

Camden ran his fingers through his blond hair in frustration.

“Celia and I were down at Toddie’s having dinner to celebrate. Big Ed O’Donnely and his squeeze, Judith Something, were just entering as we were leaving.”

“Hold it! You sure Big Ed wasn’t trying to plug ya over the skirt?”

Camden grinned. “Not me. I like brunettes.”

I resisted looking at the copper who was glaring at me.

“What were you celebrating?” His lip curled around a cigar like a snake’s around its

fangs.

“Big day at the track..long shot named Placibeaux.”

“Liar!” Perry declared.

I fished out the ticket Camden had bought and threw it at Perry.

He examined it, obviously pleased. “What’d ya do?”

“Twenty-three to one. I laid down a twenty.”

“I’ll just keep this for…um…evidence, you might say. Then what?”

“Ed was sore. I told him to get over it. We fought. He pulled a gun and fired at me. He missed and hit the dame. I fired back but I didn’t miss.”

“Goodbye.” Peck stood and slapped the fedora on his head and we clamored down the backstairs to the Packard.

“What’s the plan?” We ran the street light on Hill and Temple.

“Well, baby, we wait for the track to open then cash in the real ticket and make for La Jolla like we planned.”

I checked the ruby-reds in the review.

“Anybody see you take Ed’s ticket out of his coat pocket?”

“No.”

“Then who’s following us?” I glared at him.

“Probably his goons. They were there when Ed told me that only a fool would bet on a long shot like that. It was just dumb-luck I saw him at the betting window ignoring his own advice.

“They’re gaining!” I gasped. The tires squealed as we rounded the corner onto San

Fernando Road

“I’ll take care of it.” He handed the roscoe to me. “Guess we better make it

Margaritaville instead.”

I fired at the windshield of the roadster but it ricocheted. They returned fire. I fired

again and by accident hit the front left tire and they swerved out of control and down an embankment. As I settled back to remove the high-heels we heard an explosion behind us.

“Not bad!” Camden congratulated me. “Margaritaville, it is!”

That meant Mexico. Again. We were going from flea-bitten nags to flea-carrying greyhounds!

“I need a drink!” I sighed as I reloaded.

the Threat Below

I really had a great time reading this book, I found this book when I was researching a way to promote my self-published book. Word Slinger was the first website that I found that took into account the content of the books that they were promoting, all of the books that I have gotten to read from this website are solid books.

The Threat Below

This leads me to my recent Science fiction, the Threat Below. I couldn’t decide how to rate this in the beginning. I wasn’t a big fan of the beginning of the book, it was well explained though. This is one of the books that you have to endure the beginning of the book to get to the powerhouse of the book.

Setting my personal opinion of book beginnings aside for an awesome author, I have to say that if you enjoy science fiction and post-apocalyptic this is a 5 out of 5. Each word that is typed on this page is earned by Jason Latson who creates a world on top of a mountain that is in desperate need something, but what?

As he introduces you to Icelyn and Adorane, you get the impression that you’re on a boring trip down the side of a mountain with a couple of teens who are doing what they aren’t supposed to be doing. That’s basically WHAT is going on but we have no idea how grand this scale truly is. As he leads us farther and farther into the world of Cloudline with the Cognates and the Veritas, it becomes very evident what is truly flying at the fan.

There is an amazing transformation that happens on the other side of the wall, this book is definitely worth the time reading the Brathius History Book #1. I look forward to seeing the rest of the lineage of this story and what happens next.

 

Thanks for reading!

Review: Legends of Muirwood Trilogy

The Wretched of Muirwood

Book One

 

 

 

This was a Goodreads 5 out of 5 for me.

This is a great start to the series, in no way, shape, or form does Jeff Wheeler get boring while introducing his story of Muirwood to us. Once I started cracked the pages open to The Wretched of Muirwood, there was no putting this book down. As he introduces you to Lia in the Aldermaston’s kitchen, you just blend into the background of the story of Lia. She may be an orphan, but she does not have a normal life. I’m okay with that as I read this book. This girl has got the determination and sheer hard headedness that I look in the mirror at, and I love her!

After Jeff Wheeler introduces Lia to Garen Demont, these two cannot help but burry themselves in trouble. What a wild ride it is walking, running, hiding with Garen and Lia towards Garen’s destination. Every step of this adventure is absolutely worth it. Everything that we find out about Lia is mesmerizing. This is a tale that I can hand to my young adult children and not worry about there being stuff in there that I don’t want them to read. I will keep the Fifty Shades of Grey for my personal collection. I am more than happy about sharing this book with my children and other young adults though. There isn’t JUST the good content in this book, there are strong messages that you just don’t hear about anymore. This was one positive chalk mark for Jeff Wheeler, among many that he wrote in the strong story he wove into this book!

Revew: Broken

Broken

 

This book did exactly what it was supposed to and it left me breathless. I say this because this was one historical fiction that sucked me in throughout the book. As she spun this historical fiction in Paris, starting in 1939, she made it possible to walk side by side with the main character Alia A. K. Mercier. These are the type of books that grab my attention, she nailed it.

When reading I find it rare that a writer holds my attention through the book. When I have a book that my nose is glued to and my eyes don’t stop moving until the pages run out, I keep that author in my favorites stash. Because of how well this book was written and the historical significance this book holds, I give this book a 5 out of 5. It was well edited, well written, and the plot was very engaging. To say that I didn’t have a swirl of emotions that went with the end of the book would be a lie, but to tell you what happens at the end would defeat the point of reading the book wouldn’t it?

 

Stephanie Hudson

Stephanie Hudson

If you do not know this lovely lady, let me introduce you to Stephanie Hudson. She is the author of The Afterlife Saga. What an amazing adult series! (I will repeat that this is an adult series. Please don’t go out and buy this for your twelve year old because they will have no idea what half of the stuff going on in that book is.)

I am only going to review the first four books that she has published. I say this because I have read ” The Pentagram Child, Part One” and have started part two BUT, they should be reviewed together because this lady will leave you breathless. If you are anything like me, then waiting for the next book is agony! I promise if you read part one and don’t hear anything about part two ugh, you will rack your brain until you buy her second part. Buy them together, enjoy them together. You deserve it!

So when I say that this is an amazing author, I truly mean it. I was blown away by Stephanie and her style!. The reason why I say this is because I don’t usually read books that have adult content in them. If you want hot paranormal beings crossed with “50 Shades of Grey” then she is the one for you! Her characters are very, very well developed. There are minimal typos in this book (not that I let that stop me) You can’t find gold without getting your pickaxe out and digging for it! I must say that this author is gold. So let’s get a kick off with her first book shall we?


Welcome to

Afterlife

This book drew me in without knowing what was happening and left me wanting more of the intense action! Usually though I will say that I am not drawn to love stories. The story between Dominic Draven and Kira Johnson is fantastic. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or if she really just did an amazing job twisting this love story together? But she did, and the side characters that she developed, geez, if I could have a huge crush on a fictional character it would be Dominic Draven’s heart throb brother Vincent. (I don’t usually dig blonds but for some reason his character really spoke to me)

Now what is funny with each review that I do I dig back into the book and make sure that I try and get as close to content as I can. How rude to write a positive review on someone and NOT get their story straight. Right? So I’m skimming the pages of this book and the next thing I know it’s one in the morning, my eyes are blood shot, and I have to get up at six to get my 8yr old to school….purple bags and all!

This is what I love about her stories though, I was sucked right back in even though I have read this story before. What I will say is, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be this one. There is so much excitement, lust, anger, danger, and anything else you can think of when you have a untouchable love. WOW, what a book!!!


Now let us move onto

The Two Kings

Here we go! Now before I go any farther. If you have not read any books that I have on here, please don’t ask for cheater, spoilers, etc. I just can’t do it. If you read it and want to come back and have a chat about it, I’m your girl!

The Two Kings is a great story, it has a great introduction into a bad boy you will love to hate to love. Did that make sense? It doesn’t yet. But it will much later I promise.

There is so much struggle in this chapter of Dominic and Kira’s love story! And it truly starts off with a bang! If you don’t want your stomach in your throat with the suspense that leaves you shaking while you’re reading these pages…..turn around, right now! This leads us to….


The Triple Goddess

This book is one that I almost through out my window with pure frustration at the story. How can it be that good and piss me off so bad? Isn’t that what good writers do?

So let’s see where our dear Kira has been lead to, because in this story Stephanie introduces us to my absolutely favorite energetic Pip. I love her. Through the longing of this story and the heartbreak you grow to love this story. Now at the beginning I was without a doubt furious as to what was happening with Kira. I’m pretty sure the thing I said was, ” You can’t flippin do that to her, ugh! Why? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?” I set my reader down and I left it alone for twenty minutes. Then I would come back and read another page and repeat the same thing over. Then as I progressed sss…lllll….oooo….wwww….llll…..yyy through the story, I got back to the point where I could not put it down. Even though I was pissed at the character progression, when I stuck with the story I got to the point that it made sense to me. I thought to myself, “You clever girl! I see what you did there! I really like it. Thanks for dropping my heart through my feet and picking it back up!”. Then we get to the end and there is absolute heartbreak. I cried my eyes out.

My husband had come home from work, my eyes are bright red. I’m to the point I’m almost hyperventilating. This brings us to this point in the series where we’re looking at the


Quarter Moon book 4

This is where I want to introduce you to the Sigurd. What a bad boy why really helps the story along. Even though I was utterly devastated after “The Triple Goddess”. This story was outstanding and still full of suspense, humor and the longing of what happens when you loose someone you love more than yourself. Sometimes Authors loose what they are writing about and the stories get boring. Not here, not one bit. She takes us back through our favorite characters, keeps us pulled into the story, longing to get to the end, just to find out what it is we are longing to hear. Do we get that though? Maybe? Maybe not? If you love paranormal stories please do yourself a favor and pick these books up. You will not be disappointed in the least bit.

Stephanie I would like to extend to you a

good reads scale of 5 stars out of 5!

Your work will be kept in my library for a very long time!


Now that leaves us wanting again doesn’t it?


The Pentagram Child Part 1 Book 5 The Pentagram Child Part 2 Book 5

That leaves us with these two books, I promise I will circle around to these two after I finish part two. Before I do, go back to Afterlife, pick it up and fall in love with this English author.

Now if this story doesn’t fit your taste please remember that it is your opinion and others may not agree with you. Please move onto the next author that may fit the bill. Have a great read!

Stephanie Hudson’s photo was downloaded off of

https://www.facebook.com/AfterlifeSaga . If you are looking for others who really love her writing, this is the place to start!

All photos of books were downloaded on Amazon

Now to including the Barnes & Noble link!

Relentless 3 Book Series

Karen Lynch


If there could be thing that I would say about this author? I think it would be, “I love, love, love your writing! Please don’t ever stop!”


What an amazing, amazing story. Let’s start at the beginning with her first book


Relentless

Now I must say that this story did start slow. Don’t stop reading here folks……please keep going! The reason it starts slow? Everything needs to have a beginning right? What a punch in the gut when she starts the climax in her book. I absolutely could not (would not) put this book down and I will forever be in love with this series.

The characters are FANTASTIC! Now if you want to tell me I have a simple mind. Please do.

The way that she writes the Story about Sara and Nikolas, this is a story that needs the explanation! The humor and the frustration that come from these two had me crying with laughter. Who are the people that absolutely get under your skin the most?

I have read this book over and over again and I absolutely love this book. I love her writing style. I look forward to seeing more of her creativeness.

Now lets skip to


Refuge

There is so much love, humor and heartbreak in this book. I think I was left on an emotional tornado. I LOVED IT!

The reason I say this, I’m going to take a second and be real with you here. I was so pissed at her with the way she left the story open in her first book! “WHY, why must you leave me waiting for the next boooookkkkk.”, yes these are my tears over having to wait for ‘Rogue’.

What I must say is that the wait was absolutely worth it. So now here we are at the present…..The pacing waiting for Rogue was absolutely worth the wait!


 

Rouge

Updating my review from October, this is one of my favorite series. As a young adult book this was great. I’m 33 years old and her tail reeled me in fishing for more! For this Trilogy I without a doubt say that this is a 5 out of 5 on the Goodreads scale. The tale is a great evolution and gives the reader that is looking for closure just that.


I wish I could put fireworks and confetti around these. I’m not going to though, because I feel that I need to let her work speak for itself.

All photos have been downloaded off Amazon.com, if you would like to see more about Karen please visit her site where I found her on Amazon!

For Nook, I couldn’t find an authors page so I went to each book.

Relentless    Refuge    Rogue

Yay for Cold and Flu Season!

piggy fluI’m not sure if you believe that, if you do then you’re either in pharmaceuticals or you’re a horses ass. Or both. Those of us who have children that go to school and leave our homes quite often are not looking forward to standing next to someone in the checkout line that doesn’t know how to cover their mouth when they sneeze. I just want you to know that this makes me not like you.

This year within the past two weeks my kids have caught the croup just from parents sending their kids to school sick. Please don’t be that parent, I still have a three year old. I understand that you can’t always miss work, your babysitter is sick. Hell I know daycare doesn’t accept kids that are sick. We don’t want your bugs. My three year old coming up to me and sharing snot kisses with me is enough to make me lovingly want to hurl.

If you haven’t ever been around the flu bug, here are a few tips.

Cover your cough:

Cover coughbugs

Yes, that’s right. Don’t be that person I am standing next to in line at Wal-Mart. This is the most disgusting thing of the cold and flu just for the simple fact there is mucus flying everywhere. You want to see me hurl go ahead and cough up a loogie next to me. I promise you will see what color my lunch is. So do me and my children that I have to pin down and wash with hand sanitizer a favor and cover your mouth. I’m not your girlfriend I don’t want your bugs, I don’t think she does either.

Wash yourself:

wash your hands I’ve seen some nasty stuff between the medical profession, the Army and having kids. I know what lives on your hands and it’s not invited to come home with me. So if you’re that guy that shakes and doesn’t wash, then I’m not surprised your coughing.

Keep your ass in bed:

If you are genuinely sick, please stay home. I think everyone at some point in there stay homelife has had the ‘I’m not going to work’ today bug because you have a case of the f-it’s. Right on, I get those too. If you look like a bag of ass and probably have a case of the gomboo, I know I’m going to be the person inching away from you.

 

Stay up on your flu shot:

I hate shots, everyone hates shots, well there are the few that don’t mind them. You can keep them until flu season. This is one time, regardless of how much I hate them that I suck it up, look the other way. The reason for this, my kids. I would do anything to protect them. One of those is vaccinations. If you don’t believe in them, hey that’s cool. As much as I love to be around people, okay maybe not much, but I still do hold social gatherings from time to time, I can’t say you’re going to be invited during cold and flu season though.

shots

I know that we hear these every year. People avoid them every year, hey I agree! I’m not a fan of having this pounded down my throat. Let’s not forget though with the cold and flu season comes RSV season. I have a three year old. I know that they are almost out of that window where it’s dangerous. This is one time where all jokes are aside if you’re sick or have a infant or toddler stay away from each other. The nurses and doctors at the hospital have enough to worry about. YOU have enough to worry about! Be smart. Don’t bring your tiny ones around someone that might give you the worst hospital visit of your life. They are so much more important then that one visit that could cost you more than just a visit to the hospital.

Remember to take care of yourselves:

If you do get sick here are some ways to take care of yourself so that it’s more comfortable. I don’t think that there is a miracle cure out there for a virus like these but you can make yourselves comfortable.

Fluids, fluids, fluids!! Drink Water!!

If you’re like me and drink one to two pots of coffee a day that still counts, but water might be a better choice at this time. If you can’t drink water try some of these things.

Hot Tea: one of my favorites, helps break up phlegm and feels nice going down. I hot teamix lemon juice and honey with mine. Some people like to mix it with whiskey for a hot totty. Sometimes this type of self-medicating isn’t bad ‘if’ you can handle the liquor. If you can’t just stick to tea, lemon, and honey. No one likes throwing up.

Hot broths: my favorite is ginger and garlic. I know that it brothsounds gross, it works very well for me. If you can’t do this one try beef or chicken. They also have vegetable broth too. It works the same as hot tea, I don’t think I would put whiskey in it though.

lozenges

Let’s not forget the over the counter meds. I usually do Alka-Seltzer Plus Severe Cold and Flu just because for me it helps with stomach aches and has the extra kick in it. Everyone has their own that works for them, I sincerely hope that you don’t need any of these.

OTCmedsI wish everyone a healthy cold and flu season. If you’ve been blessed like my house has and will have it circling all year despite your best bleaching efforts I wish you luck getting rid of it. You have my sympathy!

Then if you still aren’t digging the fluids try Pedialyte, Gatorade, PowerAde etc. Popsicles are magical!

Pedi

Don’t be afraid to go generic.

Last but least, if you’re drinking lots of fluids I know this is gross but the more you pee the faster you flush your system. Stay hydrated.

Heres to another cold and flu season guys! Stay healthy!

Thanks for reading…

Happy Reading, Writing, and Poetry

 

 

Staring at Fear

There is a lot to be said about fear, as a child I was taught to do things even if I was afraid. What I didn’t realize until many years later is that it was perfectly alright to be afraid. It was what you did with it that was important.

Let’s transfer that into a lesson for an eight year old girl on a skateboard. How do you get a child to overcome their fear? You go out there and do it yourself.

This past weekend is exactly what I did. We took the scooter and skateboard to practice on. At first she told me, “Mom, I don’t want to ride my skateboard, I’m scared.”

I get that, I know what it means to be afraid.Unfortunately for my children there are times where I am an adrenaline junky. “Okay honey, I absolutely understand that you’re afraid. Why don’t you let Mom ride the skateboard and you can ride the scooter. If you want to change your mind later, you sure can.”

“Okay Mom, that sounds good.” she said as we loaded them into the truck. Cool! This is where I start some of my lessons with my daughter. Sometimes she just can’t be pushed and sometimes she does.This was a show and tell lesson. Keeping in mind that I haven’t been on a skateboard in twenty years, give or take, the first thoughts that crossed my mind was: A, am I going to get fucked up and not be able to walk afterward, B. Is she going to see just how terrified I am? C. can I actually still skateboard?

We get loaded in our old Ford F-150 and get going. As we’re riding in the truck I give myself the old  I can totally do this! pep talk. This didn’t mean I wasn’t afraid, it just meant that I was going to kick my fear in the balls and keep riding. As we get to where we’re going, we get our rides out and she takes off on her scooter. Cool, my new thought is, Let’s let her get warmed up on the scooter. Then if she wants to switch over to the skateboard it’s going to be easier.

I start following her on foot when I get the, “Mom, ride my skateboard with me.”. I don’t care who you are, saying no to that awesome invitation is cowardly.

Do I really have my balance after twenty years? Let’s find out. I stand on the board for a moment and do the first two steps. This turns into a wiggle that gets the board moving slowly at first. I hit a decent sized rock and jump off, Vivian laughs at me. So this is where I realize that we’ve started to clear the air. She is going to get comfortable watching Mom. This is the confidence booster I need to help push her along. So what if I get hurt from riding the board? This is where I get back up after doing the ‘Peter Griffin’ from Family Guy for a few moments and show her that I am invincible.

She decides that she wants to take a crack at it, “Please do, I’ll ride the scooter for a time. I’ll be right with you.” I tell her as we switch.

The eight years that we have been together I try my best to show her that I mean business instead of just telling her. She looks at me, “Mom, is it alright if I sit on my bottom and get my balance?”. Of course my reply to her is, “Absolutely you can.”

We’re still in baby steps. Time to show her my word is good.

While she is doing this she starts getting a feel for the board and the way it moves. While I’m riding next to her I keep giving her the little tips that I had learned as a thirteen year old. She keeps relaxing.

I know without a doubt that when you get on something that has wheels you’re going to get fucked-up. I didn’t want to, but if it was going to happen I wanted my daughter to see it. My time with this was coming.

We switched back to her riding the scooter and me riding the skateboard. When we switched back to the rides we started with she takes off in a race without telling me. Have I gotten my sea legs back yet? I guess it’s debatable but let’s give it a crack. Literally. Not realizing that she had went and hid behind the truck.

This is where my comic relief takes over and my twin Grace enters Stage 2. I have always belonged on a longboard, just relaxing. This is where my zen is at. Not paying attention to myself for a moment caught in the middle of the zen. I realize as I’m just coasting down the road that I may be going a little bit fast for the lack of practice in these twenty years.

When my twin Grace attempts to jump off the board, here was the magic moment I knew was coming. As I spilled onto the pavement, my left foot decided to stay with the board while  my right foot started to glue itself to the pavement. Never being able to do the sideways splits, I became very limber for the moment and came down hard on my bottom, mid splits.

Here I was, all by myself, groaning in pain. When the shock wore off I had lost my right shoe, I was sitting there doing the splits without the child I was trying to teach how to be brave. If it would have been a movie this is where you would cue the crickets and the credits.

Fade to Black

So I have to say, I haven’t met many authors that tell me ‘”I’d chug bleach to get you to read the free sample of my book, or you could just read it.” LT. Vargas on twitter.’

I know that this sounds morbid but you have my attention…

I go to the website I download the free sample. It instantly has my attention, I have crossed the threshold of reading plain suspense to reading this trip down the rabbit hole.

I usually don’t read many books that have swearing in them and I got a few pages into it feeling kind of weary of it when the notion hit me, “Sarah, you’re thirty-two, married, with two kids, and swear like a sailor.” How is this going to offend me? My youngest streaks across the living room four to five times a day like Flash Gordon. This is where I give myself the ‘Get over it’ pep talk and I liked it. 100%

If you have kids under 16 who read don’t go buy this for them for a while please there is a lot of strong language because this was written for adults. I liked it, I loved it, I am really hoping that I get to see more from these two, and cannot wait to finish the series.

I am more than happy to add these authors to my Acclaimed Authors section where they will have a permanent place among my favorite authors. Well done!

If you like suspense and are looking to get lost for a while get off your ass and go get the first book…

fade to black Consider this your early Christmas present, you’ll thank Santa on Christmas day.

Amazon

 

Don’t have a kindle? How about a Nook Book?

Please remember to have respect for the author/s, if this doesn’t fit your fancy keep looking. There has to be a type of book that has a fit for you. My favorites are suspense and paranormal…this fits for me. Everyone needs a little dark sometimes 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Happy Reading, Writing, and Poetry Folks!!

Bloody Christmas

Bloody Christmas

If you are looking for a short thriller to sink your teeth into, this is definitely a great book to read! As I read this book I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next, and I loved it! If there was one thing that I could wish for out of this book, it would be for there to be more of it. I do have to say that I am pleased with what there is and feel very fortunate to have this in my collection. I do have to say that if you are not into thrillers/gore please don’t humor yourself into reading this because they truly have done a great job making it gory!

I have to say on the Goodreads scale that I give it 4 out of 5. The only thing that I could find wrong with this book is that there wasn’t more of it, you can’t really consider that a crime.

 

Links for Purchasing this Short Story

Amazon

Goodreads